North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said after supervising the test launch of a “medium long-range strategic ballistic missile” that the country has “the sure capability to attack” US interests in the Pacific, official media reported.
South Korean and US military officials have said the North launched what appeared to be two intermediate-range missiles dubbed Musudan on Wednesday. The first of the two was considered a failure.
The second reached a high altitude in the direction of Japan before plunging into the sea about 400 kilometers away, Reuters quoted them as saying.
The test firing was successful without any impact to the security of neighboring countries, the North’s KCNA news agency said, referring to the missile as a “Hwasong-10″. Hwasong is Korean for Mars.
“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operations theater,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.
South Korea and the United States condemned the launch as an unacceptable violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the launch was an indication that North Korea’s threat to Japan was intensifying.
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