Pyongyang overjoyed over recent missile test planning to go into mass production
May 23, Pyongyang: North Korea's new intermediate-range ballistic missile that was successfully tested on Sunday could now be “rapidly” mass-produced, Kim Jong-un, the country’s supreme leader reportedly said.
According to the local media, the latest test confirmed the reliable late-stage guidance of the Pukguksong-2 missile’s warhead and the functioning of its solid-fuel engine.“Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way to arm the KPA (Korean People’s Army) Strategic Force,” Kim said, according to KCNA.
Kim was reportedly impressed by the images from a camera mounted on the missile during the test, saying that “it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so beautiful."
Sunday’s launch by North Korea was confirmed by the US and Japan. South Korea's military said the missile flew 500 km, reaching an altitude of 560 km, before landing off Japan’s east coast and causing no damage.
Seoul also said the Pukguksong-2 missile used solid fuel, which is harder to produce than liquid fuel, but which is more stable and can be transported in the missile tank to allow for a swift launch.
Pyongyang has so far ignored all international pressure to stop the testing, saying, that it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from an American invasion.
The Oslo Times International News Network