Kim Jong-un says North Korea missiles can reach US in the Pacific
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has said missile tests have given his country “the sure capability to attack US interests in the Pacific”.
He called Wednesday’s twin tests a “great event” that strengthened the country’s nuclear attack capacity.
The US and South Korea say the first test failed but the second showed what Japan called “some capability”.
UN resolutions ban the North, which is developing nuclear weapons, from using ballistic missile technology.
The Musudan missile has an estimated range of 3,000km (1,800 miles), far enough to hit the US territory of Guam.
Mr Kim is said to have personally supervised the test of the ballistic missiles.
“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” he was quoted by the North Korean state news agency as saying.
Outside experts do not believe, though, that North Korea has the ability to build nuclear warheads small enough to put on its missiles, though it is continually striving to get them, Korea correspondent Steve Evans reports.
It is also testing missiles fired from submarines. A functioning nuclear arsenal is probably some years away though progress towards it is steady, our correspondent adds.
the squawking form north korea isnt having the same effect as usual..they will have to up the ante..a new nuke test will come soon..
they have to remain relevant and they need a permanent enemy to keep the population entranced..