SEOUL-- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally guided the launch of a new long-range missile on Wednesday, the state media reported.
"A test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15 was successfully conducted on Nov. 29 under the guidance of Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. The North Korean leader "personally supervised the whole course of the test-fire," it said.
DPRK is the short for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.
The North tested a long-range missile from an area north of Pyongyang at about 3:17 a.m., resuming its provocations after a 75-day lull, according to the South Korean and U.S. militaries. The missile flew 960 kilometers and reached an apogee of around 4,500 km, they said. And Pyongyang claimed it has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking anywhere on the mainland U.S.
Greatly satisfied with the "success" in the missile test-fire, Kim "was so excited to express his great satisfaction and extend his heartfelt gratitude to all those who took part in the development of the new type rocket weapon system," the report said.
Kim said that "The day was a significant day when the historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power was realized," adding that the day should be specially recorded in the history of the country.
The KCNA also reported that the rocket was launched from a 9-axis self-propelled launching vehicle developed purely with the country's own technology.
The leader praised workers of the munitions industry for having successfully made the vehicle "to be impeccable," according to the report.
Source: Yonhap News Agency