Kim calls for more Pacific missile tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.
Tuesday’s aggressive missile launch — probably the longest ever from North Korea — over the territory of a close US ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said it was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that the North first successfully tested in May and threatened to fire into waters near Guam earlier this month.
Kim was present for intermediate range missile launch over Japan, the agency said. He expressed “great satisfaction” over the launch which he called a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, which is home to key US military bases that North Korea finds threatening.
He said it is “necessary to positively push forward the work for putting the strategic force on a modern basis by conducting more ballistic rocket drills with the Pacific as a target in the future”.
China must do more to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile launches, Theresa May said as she refused to rule out British military action to stop the rogue state.
Landing in Japan just 36 hours after Pyongyang sent a missile over the north of the country, the UK prime minister insisted the UK would be re-doubling its efforts to curb the regime’s weapons testing programme.
Mrs May said: “China has a key role to play here in terms of the pressure they can bring on North Korea.”