Kim Jong Un had yet another successful missile launch, through which he smiled like a mad-man, and even threw up “gang-signs” with his cronies. North Korean national media is now reporting that North Korea has the capability to send missiles to mainland USA.
US intelligence is not sure whether that is a stretch or not. Either way, North Korea is going ahead with their plans of aggression towards the USA.
Kim smiled as the Pukguksong-2 missile he launched flew 310 miles and reached a height of 350 miles before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. He then said that this weapons should be “rapidly mass-produced.”
The Daily Mail has more:
The North Korean leader ordered the launch and watched from an observation post, state media reported Monday.
The Korea Central News Agency said the test verified technical aspects of the weapon system and examined its ‘adaptability under various battle conditions’ before it is deployed to military units.
‘Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful,’ KCNA said.
North Korea has significantly accelerated its missile tests over the past year or so and appears to be making tangible progress toward developing an arsenal that poses a threat not only to South Korea and Japan – which together host about 80,000 U.S. troops – but also toward an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.
It’s moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program as well.
The North conducted two nuclear tests last year. It claims one was a hydrogen bomb and the other device created a more powerful explosion than any the North has previous tested. Satellite imagery suggests it could be ready to conduct its next test – which would be its sixth – at virtually any time.
Pyongyang’s often-stated goal is to perfect a nuclear warhead that it can put on a missile capable of hitting Washington or other U.S. cities.
North Korea’s media, meanwhile, have stepped up their calls for even more missile launches because of what Pyongyang claims is an increasingly hostile policy by President Donald Trump.