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North Korea claims successful test-firing of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile
 
(Pyongyang,Feb 12, 2017):North Korea on Monday claimed it successfully testfired a surfacetosurface mediumtolongrange ballistic missile Pukguksong2 and its top leader Kim Jong Un guided the test firing, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The state media called Pukguksong2 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 testfiring of the submarinelaunched ballistic missile last August, Xinhua news agency reported.

Kim received the report on the development of this surfacetosurface ballistic missile, set the date for the test launch and personally guided the preparations on the spot, it said.

The staterun media noted that the test firing was conducted at a high angle considering security of the neighbouring 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".

South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff said that North Korea fired a ballistic missile which flew about 500 km into its eastern waters early on Sunday.

The presumed intermediaterange Musudan ballistic missile was launched at around 7.55 a.m. local time (2255 GMT Saturday) near Banghyeon in North Korea's North Pyongan province.

Pyongyang testfired Musudan missiles near the same place, where an airfield is located, in October last year.

It was North Korea's first testlaunch of a ballistic missile in 2017 and also the first since US President Donald Trump took office on January 20.

South Korea's military said Pyongyang's launch of ballistic missile was a provocative act in violation of UN Security Council's resolutions, which ban North Korea from testing any ballistic missile technology.

The launch, the South Korean military believed, was aimed at drawing attention by showing off its nuclear and missile capability and was also part of armed protest against the Trump administration's hardline stance toward North Korea.


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