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rth Korea's latest missile ready for mass production. So says leader Kim Jong-un according to state media, following a successful launch at the weekend. The Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile was fired into waters off the east coast of North Korea on Sunday. On Monday, Pyongyang state media quoted Kim as saying the missile met all technical specifications.
He said it should now be put into production for the Korean People's Army strategic battle unit. It feels grand to look at the world from the rocket we launched, Kim's words, according to state media, following the test. These images said to have been taken from the missile's onboard cameras.
It was the country's second test in a week and military officials in South Korea say the missile appears to be an upgraded version. The North's state news agency saying it was powered by a solid fuel engine which allows for launches at short notice. A new liberal government in Seoul had said it wanted improved relations with their reclusive neighbour, but these hopes now look forlorn.
Pyongyang had been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland and this weekend, they said they'd reached their goal. But western missile experts say that claim is exaggerated, noting the latest missile actually appears to have a shorter range than previous tests. Even so, the launch defies United Nations Security Council resolutions and sanctions.
At the request of the US, Japan, and South Korea, the Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's actions.