WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) – Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea. North Korea’s show of force over the weekend failed as a medium-range missile blew up upon launch. Pence called the test “a provocation.”
With all eyes on North Korea, a weekend missile launch failed in spectacular fashion. U.S. commanders said a medium-range, ballistic missile blew up “almost immediately” after launch with the world watching, humiliating the country’s leader Kim Jung Un.
Vice President Pence said “We will meet any nuclear weapons with an overwhelming response.”
New questions over why that launch failed. And whether a U.S. cyber-attack could’ve brought the missile down.
Senator John McCain stated “I don’t think so, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, U.K., said “There’s a very strong belief that the U.S., through cyber methods, has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.”
This failed test hasn’t eliminated the looming threat of North Korea’s 6th nuclear test and new missiles flaunted in a weekend parade.
U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster stated “This problem is coming to a head. And so it’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully.”
Where as V.P. Pence said “But all options are on the table the administration warning the U.S. will take actions amid concerns the regime is getting closer to being able to reach the continental united states with a missile.”
If North Korea pulls the trigger, target number one could be Osan Air Base, just 48 miles away. Where forces say they’re prepared.
Lt. Col. James Fields stated ‘We are trained day in day out to be fight tonight ready as we say.
U.S. officials are sure Kim Jong Un isn’t giving up on a long range missile with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the U.S. The administration is leaning on China to flex its muscle in the region to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons.