Kim vis­its fac­tory that pro­duced tires for mis­sile truck

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NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked work­ers dur­ing a visit to a fac­tory that built the tires for a huge ve­hi­cle used to trans­port a new in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile that was test-launched this week, the coun­try’s me­dia re­ported Sunday.

The launch of the Hwa­song-15 ICBM in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions was cel­e­brated Fri­day with a mas­sive public rally and fire­works in cap­i­tal Py­ongyang. At the tire fac­tory, Kim com­pli­mented work­ers for man­u­fac­tur­ing the lar­ge­size tires for the 9-axle mis­sile truck with­out re­ly­ing on im­ported equip­ment and called for ef­forts to raise pro­duc­tion to “sat­isfy the daily-in­creas­ing needs in de­vel­op­ing the coun­try’s econ­omy and beef­ing up na­tional de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” the North’s of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency said Satur­day.

Kim in Septem­ber tasked the Am­nok­gang Tire Fac­tory to make the tires for the “great event in Novem­ber,” the agency re­ported.

South Korea’s mil­i­tary be­lieves that the lat­est mis­sile, which flew 950 kilo­me­ters (600 miles) be­fore splashing down in wa­ters near Ja­pan, is po­ten­tially ca­pa­ble of strik­ing tar­gets as far as 13,000 kilo­me­ters (8,100 miles), which would put Washington within reach.

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