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”.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.