North Korea vows missile tests ‘any time, any place’, defying U.S. warnings
North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a mid- to-long-range missile test and would continue such launches “any time, any place”, defying UN Security Council resolutions and warnings from the United States.
The country which regularly threatens to destroy the United States in a sea of flames, has accused Washington of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war with recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.
The North’s KCNA news agency said Sunday’s test launch verified the homing feature of the warhead that allowed it to survive “under the worst re-entry situation” and accurately detonate.
It also tested the North’s capability to carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead”, KCNA said.
For graphic on North Korea missile launch click: http://tmsnrt.rs/2pNI8t6
For graphic on interactive nuclear North Korea click: http://tmsnrt.rs/2n0gd92
“The test-fire proved to the full all the technical specifications of the rocket … like guidance and stabilization systems … and reconfirmed the reliability of new rocket engine under the practical flight circumstances,” KCNA said.
The test “represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile”, John Schilling, an aerospace expert, said in an analysis on the U.S.-based 38 North website.