North Korea launched a missile on Sunday which was a medium-range ballistic missile. According to South Korean defense officials, this cannot fly far enough to strike American military bases in Guam.
The missile test appeared to have provided North Korea with meaningful data that it could use to advance its missile programs, they said.
North Korea said Monday that it is ready to mass produce this new medium-range missile that they said has the capability of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases.
North Korea launched the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile Sunday. It reached a height of 350 miles before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un ordered and watched the launch, according to state media. Kim reportedly said the launch was a success, "approved the deployment of this weapon system for action" and said that it should "be rapidly mass-produced."
North Korea a week earlier had successfully tested a new midrange missile — the Hwasong 12 — that it said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.
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