North Korea: Kim Jong-un directs 'historical' launch of missile capable of reaching US

New footage shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and military personnel overseeing the launch of its newest type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could «target the entire area of mainland United States,» televised governmental broadcast on Thursday. The footage shows the transportation and launch sequences of the missile called 'Hwasong-15', which North Korea has described as... Еще its «strongest.» North Korea said the missile was «tactically and technically far more superior» to its predecessor the Hwasong-14, which was tested twice in July. North Korea has stated the Hwasong-15 could reach mainland US carrying a «super-huge nuclear warhead», although only archive footage of previous missile launches was shown in the broadcast. The missile, North Korea's first test in 75 days, was fired on a steep trajectory and flew for 53 minutes, North Korea said. It reached an altitude of 4,475 km (2,780 miles) and flew 950 km (590 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, within Japan's exclusive economic zone. After Wednesday's launch, Kim Jong-un announced that with the Hwasong-15 North Korea had «finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.» North Korea said that its strategic weapons development was solely aimed at «protecting the nation's sovereignty» and countering US threats, adding «if they do not violate our rights and interests, the strategic weapons development will not be a threat to any country or region.» The launch was the first since September 15, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese island Hokkaido, eventually falling into the Pacific Ocean.

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