Seoul: North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test was a "gift" to "American bastards" on their independence day, Pyongyang's official news agency cited leader Kim Jong-Un as saying.
After personally overseeing the launch, the Korean Central News Agency reported, "He said American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the 4 July anniversary".
Breaking into peals of laughter, he added, "We should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom".
On Tuesday, North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) it said, in the culmination of a decades-long ambition.
The "landmark" test of a Hwasong-14 missile was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, a female announcer wearing traditional dress said in a special announcement on state Korean Central Television.
Pyongyang launched what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, with experts suggesting it could reach Alaska, triggering a Twitter outburst from US president Donald Trump who urged China to "end this nonsense once and for all".
If the test — which came as the United States prepared to mark its independence day on the Fourth of July — represents an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) it would force a recalculation of the strategic threat posed by Pyongyang.
The North has long had ambitions to build a rocket capable of delivering an atomic warhead to the continental United States: something that Trump has vowed "won't happen".
It said it would make an "important announcement" later on Tuesday, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. Analysts say the isolated, impoverished country has made great progress in its missile capabilities in the years since the ascension to power of young leader Kim Jong-Un, who has overseen three nuclear tests and multiple rocket launches.
In response to the latest, Trump asked on Twitter: "Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" There are still doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, or has mastered the technology needed for it to survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
But Tuesday's launch was the latest in a series of provocations that have ratcheted up tensions, and came days after Seoul's new leader Moon Jae-In and Trump focused on risks from Pyongyang in their first summit.
The United Nations has imposed multiple sets of sanctions on Pyongyang over its weapons programmes, which retorts that it needs nuclear arms to defend itself against the threat of invasion.
Published Date: Jul 05, 2017 07:08 am | Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 08:33 am