Story by Jerell King. Picture from: www.Flickr.com.
JULY 27, 2017: On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, North Korea had a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM. In short, they picked a fine day to do it— America’s Independence Day. The nuclear-tipped missile flew 37 minutes before coming down 930 km from where it was launched. According to scientists, the missile reached an altitude of 2,800 km and traveled a total distance of 6,700 km, which is enough distance to reach and hit Alaska, but not Hawaii or California.
What does this all mean? It means that North Korea is getting closer to developing a missile capable of reaching the United States and causing a massive amount of harm to everyone in the U.S no matter where it hits. Even though not every area can’t be hit directly by the missile, the impact from the explosion and the power of the nuclear tip can wipe out entire cities depending on how powerful the missile is. North Korea’s current leader wants to develop this missile as a retaliation plan just in case the U.S tries to run him out of power. Our so-called president is discussing possible solutions as we speak, but let us all hope that his options won’t dig us in a deeper hole than we are already in.
Jerell King is a rising sophomore at Friendship Tech Prep Academy.