SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile test as a ‘great success’ that gave his country ‘one more means for powerful nuclear attack’.
The United Nations Security Council has denounced the test and expressed serious concern that such activities contributed to Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems.
“The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the council’s previously expressed determination,” the council said in a statement.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry said the launch on Saturday appeared to have failed as the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan, flew just 30 kilometres.
But the North’s state-run KCNA news agency insisted that the test, which it said was personally monitored by Mr Kim, was ‘another great success’.
“It fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements for carrying out … underwater attack operation,” KCNA said.
It cited Mr Kim as saying that Pyongyang “is now capable of hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the US imperialists anytime as it pleases”.
The US Strategic Command said it had detected and tracked a North Korean submarine missile launch but it did not pose a threat to North America.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said launches using ballistic missile technology were “a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions”.
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost