North Korea says the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) it launched was fired from a newly-developed vehicle, and claims its warhead could withstand the pressure of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
The regime said it fired its “greatest ICBM” it called Hwasong-15 that was “significantly more” powerful and could be armed with a “super-large heavy nuclear warhead.”
North Korea claimed it is capable of striking the “whole mainland” of the U.S. State TV said Kim gave the order on Tuesday.
Pyongyang said the missile reached an altitude of around 4,475 kilometers (2,780 miles), more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station. It said it flew 950 kilometers (690 miles) during its flight, which lasted 53 minutes. Similar altitude and distance figures were previously cited by the South Korean military.
“Test launch is approved. Taking place at the daybreak of Nov. 29! Fire with courage for the party and country!” a photo of Kim’s signed order stated.
South Korea responded almost immediately to North Korea’s provocation and fired pinpoint missiles into nearby waters to make sure North Korea understands it can be “taken under fire” by the South, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
President Donald Trump says the United States will “take care of it” following North Korea’s latest missile launch.