O'Brien said he did not want to speculate on what would happen if the North resumed its weapons testing, only saying the US appreciates the fact that there have been no such tests for more than two years. The North Koreans, however.did exactly zero intercontinental ballistic missile tests a year ago. A common strand has emerged from the defense analysis of the past several days: the new missile is a bigger and more capable successor to the Hwasong-15, North Korea's previous flagship ICBM.
However, despite Trump's assertion that the relations between him and Kim are cordial, diplomacy has not been able to achieve any progress on the line of US-North Korean relations, which have been in place for a year, in the absence of any indication of a permanent agreement that would put a final end to the North Korean nuclear program.
If this is proven, this missile system, according to experts, could penetrate USA defenses.
South Korea's national security advisor Suh Hoon is also in Washington this week for previously unannounced meetings with his US counterpart as well as Pompeo, South Korea's presidential Blue House said in Seoul on Thursday.
North Korea has not tested any nuclear or long-range missiles since Kim signed a joint declaration document with Trump at a historic summit in June 2018 in Singapore.
North Korea's ruling party is scheduled to convene its congress, the ruling party's supreme organ, in January.
America's top diplomat has highlighted the importance of noting that North Korea has not conducted any major missile tests for the past couple of years.
Independent defense analysts are much more skeptical about USA missile defense capabilities, especially if North Korea deploys ICBMs with multiple warheads. Kim Jong-Un apologized and broke into tears while talking to the citizens.
"The United States remains committed to the security of the Republic of Korea", Esper said. It solves none of the salient problems plaguing North Korea's nuclear weapons roster, introducing new ones instead.
Though the ICBM is technically road mobile, it is not as versatile as it may seem. Where a "traditional" missile - one launch vehicle, equipped with a single warhead - is able to strike one target, a MIRV missile carries multiple warheads and thus can strike numerous targets from a single launch. He thanked all the citizens for the sacrifices.
The large size of the missile also means it likely must travel with a team of fuel trucks and a crane to help erect it, Hanham said.
Once erected, fueling the missile could take hours.
The national security adviser also praised Trump for having achieved what no other USA administration had, partly referring to the communist state's ongoing moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.
Kim and other members of the leadership in Pyongyang must be closely watching the US presidential race, waiting nervously for the outcome of the election in early November.
North Korea's new intercontinental ballistic missile.
Hanham said while North Korea may watch to see what happens in the US election, "they certainly have a powerful way of signaling their dissatisfaction now by testing this missile".