News program about test-fire of a ballistic missile of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is seen on TV at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2017. The DPRK fired what is believed to be a ballistic missile into its eastern waters early Sunday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin)
PYONGYANG, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday claimed it successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface medium- and long-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 and its top leader Kim Jong Un guided the test firing, according to the state news agency KCNA.
The state media called Pukguksong-2 a "Korean style new type strategic weapon," which was developed on the instructions of top leader Kim Jong Un on the basis of the success made in the test-firing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile last August.
Kim received the report on the development of this surface-to-surface ballistic missile, set the date for the test launch and personally guided the preparations on the spot, it said.
The missile test proved the reliability and security of the surface launch system and reconfirmed the guidance and control features of the ballistic missile during its active flight and working feature of the engines and those of separation at the stages, the KCNA said.
The launch also verified the position control and guidance in the middle section and section of re-entry after the separation of the improved missile warhead, which can be tipped with a nuclear warhead, and the feature of evading interception, it added.
The state-run media noted that the test firing was conducted at a high angle considering security of the neighboring countries.
Kim was satisfied with the test launch, saying that the new type ballistic missile system "provides convenience in operation and ensuring speed in striking."
He called the missile as a "Juche weapon in name and reality" because both the launching truck and the missile were designed and produced on indigenous efforts and technology, the KCNA said.
SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- South Korea denounced the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday, the first since U.S. President Donald Trump took office last month.
Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement that the launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a serious threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the international community. Full Story