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>> North Korea says it's got a powerful new weapon. State media on Monday trumpeting the success of this weekend's ballistic missile test. Leader Kim Jong-un warning the US mainland is, in quote, sight in range for a strike. Pyongyang says the launch tested whether the missile could deliver a heavy nuclear warhead.
And while it's still not clear whether it was a new weapon, Reuters James Pearson in Seoul reports that it's being called a big step forward.>> The latest test on Sunday was a missile that was fired with a lofted trajectory. Well that means it may not have gone very far, it went very, very, very high in such a way that North Korea can test the range of it's missiles without actually leaving or almost leaving it's territorial waters.
Because of the flight characteristics of this latest missile, people are saying, well, this looks like something that could hit, say, US bases in Guam, and even Japan. But at the same time, they have had the capability to do that for a while. There are other North Korean missiles, as yet untested, which are believed to have much further ranges.
The thing which is getting people a little bit more concerned this time is that this is something that's being freshly tested and does appear to have that kind of range.>> Washington calls the launch a message to South Korea just days after new President Moon Jae-in took office.
Experts say it was a mid to long range missile and that it flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea between North of Korea and Japan. And only 60 miles, that's around a 100 kilometers shy off Russia. It was the first successful launch following a string failures.
Not everyone believes the test was a big advance for the North's missile capabilities. South Korea on Monday saying more analysis was needed before the North's claims could be believed.