Kim Jong Un appears on North Korean television after the latest nuclear missile tests by his nation (Photo credit Twitter)

After North Korea's latest missile test, it looks like the country's weapons program advanced despite President Donald Trump's best efforts.

Photos released by North Korea show the launch process supervised by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. They reveal the Hwasong-15, a new missile unlike anything seen before from North Korea.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Horstman/Wikimedia Commons

The United States Air Force is preparing their nuclear-armed bomber planes in anticipation that they'll receive the order to go to 24-hour alert status, according to a Defense One report. We have not seen this heightened status for the B-52s since the ending of the Cold War in 1991.

These preparations involve renovating the long-dormant concrete "alert pads" at the end of the runway at Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force Base, where B-52s once parked, ready to take flight at a moment's notice with their nuclear arsenal. Not only could these pads find themselves occupied again, if the order is given, but the renovations currently under way will allow pilots and aircrews to position themselves alongside the bombers.

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