SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea stated on Sunday it had examined an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) the day past, in a “sudden launching drill” geared toward confirming the weapons’ reliability, state media reported on Sunday.
North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile into the ocean off Japan’s west coast on Saturday afternoon after warning of a robust response to approaching navy drills by South Korea and the US.
“The shock ICBM launching drill … is an precise proof of the DPRK strategic nuclear pressure’s constant efforts to show its capability of deadly nuclear counterattack on the hostile forces into the irresistible one,” the state information company KCNA stated, calling it a “assure for and a transparent proof of the certain reliability of our highly effective bodily nuclear deterrent.”
DPRK stands for North Korea’s official identify, the Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea.
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, additionally issued a press release and additional warned of a “sturdy and overwhelming” response to any “hostile” acts towards Pyongyang.
The state information company KCNA stated the missile flew 989 km (614 miles) to an altitude of 5,768 km (3,584 miles) for 4,015 seconds.
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