North Korea has just fired a new missile, which it claims is hypersonic. North Korean state media released photos of the launch on Sunday evening, but Western experts say they are not convinced this was actually a successful test. The country’s leader Kim Jon gun says that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries.
Earlier, North Korea had promised to fire a missile that will be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking the mainland U.S If this launch is confirmed as an intercontinental ballistic missile test, it would be Pyongyang’s first such launch since late 2017.
In the photos published by the Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong-un is seen watching the missile launch from his private balcony, accompanied by several of his officials.
The North Korean leader was quoted as saying that this new type of weapon system has been successfully tested for the first time. He added that the success made in the current test will lead to a great event in history and will carry on with more longer missiles.
However, South Korea’s presidential office has quickly dismissed the North’s statement saying that this was not an intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Meanwhile, Japan is expected to hold an emergency meeting of the national security council on Monday in response to Sunday’s missile launch. According
to Kyodo news agency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered for an emergency meeting of the National Security Council.
North Korea’s state media said that Kim Jong-un had ordered the missile launch on Saturday to be conducted as soon as possible on the nation’s most important holiday marking the .
The launch of the launch a strike if there were any signs of U.S aggression new-type tactical guided missile comes after Pyongyang said Washington is pushing the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia to the brink of nuclear war amid joint military drills with South Korea.
North Korea had also threatened that they would perform a new nuclear test-launch of intercontinental ballistic missile, but they haven’t mentioned any specific date.
In a statement released by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea vowed that if US provokes, it would strike back and wipe out the US mainland, as well as carry out a preemptive strike on South Korea.
Pyongyang also slammed the joint military drills between the US and South Korea, saying that they are of a kind of dress rehearsal for invasion of North Korea.
The United States has responded by warning Pyongyang that it is more than willing to use its considerable military forces on North Korea if attacked after Pyongyang threatened the US with a trust-building nuclear test.
Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that Beijing has information on North Korea’s latest missile launch and is closely following the developments of this situation.