America Are Within Striking Range Of North Korea - Kim Jong-un

North Korean submarine-launched missile test

The U.S. mainland is now 'within striking range' of North Korea after a successful ballistic missile test, the authoritarian nation's state news agency said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed yesterday's submarine-launched missile test as the 'greatest success' and was seen celebrating with generals shortly afterwards.

The missile was fired from a submarine submerged off the northeastern port of Simpo, flying 300 miles towards Japan - far exceeding the range of any previous tests.

The UN met last night but is yet to publicly condemned the launch, which is effectively a test of Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability.

Kim was reported by North Korea's state news agency KCNA as declaring the test 'the greatest success' and said it put the reclusive nation in the 'front rank' of nuclear powers.

'A test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile was successfully conducted under the guidance of supreme commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un,' the report said.

'He appreciated the test-fire as the greatest success and victory. He noted with pride that the results of the test-fire proved in actuality that the DPRK joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability.

'I do not guess what ridiculous remarks the U.S. and its followers will make about this test-fire, but I can say their rash acts will only precipitate their self-destruction,' the KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

The UN Security Council met for two hours last night to discuss the latest provocation by North Korea, which is likely to lead to further economic sanctions.

Earlier this month, North Korea fired a land-launched ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, drawing outrage from Tokyo.

A proven submarine-launched ballistic missile system would take its nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a 'second-strike' capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.

North Korea was not thought to be able to strike the U.S. mainland but the latest launch suggests they are getting closer.

The 300-mile range of the launch is further than any previous submarine-launched test.

The test came just days after North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against South Korean and US forces who kicked off their annual Ulchi Freedom military drills on Monday.

Current UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, but Pyongyang has continued to carry out numerous launches following its fourth nuclear test in January. 

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