Agencies: North Korea says it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that “can reach anywhere in the world.” Tuesday morning’s missile test, which was conducted on the orders of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers (1741 miles), according to state broadcaster Korea Central Television (KCTV).
“As a strongest nuclear state with the best ICBM rockets, North Korea will end the US nuclear war threats and defense peace and stability of the Korean peninsula,” the announcer said on air. The missile, referred to as Hwasong-14 on state TV, flew into waters east of the Korean Peninsula and may have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends 200 nautical miles from its coastline, according to a Japanese defense official.
“It didn’t give any negative effects to neighboring countries’ safety,” the KCTV report stated. It was launched from Panghyon, in North Pyongan province and traveled more than 930 kilometers (578 miles) according to South Korea’s military — further than a May 14 missile launch that analysts described as its most successful test ever. That launch reached an altitude of around 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles).
It’s North Korea’s 11th missile test this year and comes amid increasing frustration from US President Donald Trump about the lack of progress in curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Trump quickly reacted to the launch on Twitter. “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” he asked, referring to Kim. “Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”