Kim Jong-un Claims Missiles 'Can Strike U.S.'

      June 24, 2016 09:31

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday claimed his country's missiles can strike the U.S.

      "We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theater," the official [North] Korean Central News Agency quoted him as saying.

      Kim's boast came after North Korea finally succeeded in launching one mid-range ballistic missile, which flew a mere 400 km, nowhere near the touted range of 3,000 to 4,000 km that would put U.S. bases in Guam within reach.

      Five earlier tests failed disastrously.

      Kim watched the test of what North Korea now calls a Hwasong-10 missile. Accompanying pictures showed the chubby leader hugging officials.

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) hugs an official after the launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in this photo released by Rodong Sinmun on Thursday.

      KCNA said the missile was fired at a high angle "to simulate its full range" and flew along a projected trajectory to reach a height of 1,413.6 km. It then fell into the target area in waters 400 km away.

      It added the North now has the technology allowing missile warheads to re-enter the earth's atmosphere.

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