North Korea launched another ballistic missile Friday over Japan capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the most recent missile test over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaidoa a “shining victory in the standoff with the United States,” declaring that the U.S. is in “mortal fear” of North Korea, according to the Daily Mail.
North Korea has launched two missiles that flew over Japan in less than a month, and the first since the United Nations voted unanimously less than a week ago to place aggressive sanctions on the regime.
South Korea president Moon Jae-in warned that further acts of aggression could result in the “complete destruction,” of North Korea.
“In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy (the North) beyond recovery,” Moon Jae-in said.
Moon Jae-in reportedly assembled his National Security Council shortly after the launch, where he said North Korea had once again breached United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He said the latest missile “poses a grave challenge to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the global community.”
“I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North,” he said.
South Korea’s military reported the missile, which is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, traveled roughly 2,300 miles.
Guam is 2,100 miles from North Korea, indicating the regime is capable of reaching the U.S. territory.
Japan’s Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera said it has become evident North Korea has Guam on its mind following the latest missile launch.
“We cannot assume North Korea’s intention, but given what it has said, I think it has Guam in mind,” Onodera said.
CNN reported South Korea conducted a “live fire drill” immediately after reports of North Korea’s launch to test their readiness to an attack.
South Korea launched their own missile test, which South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said could reach the Sunan airport near Pyongyang that was used for Friday’s launch.
North Korea conducted a sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, where they tested a hydrogen bomb so powerful the explosion created a magnitude 6.3 tremor.
The hydrogen bomb was reportedly the most powerful weapon North Korea has ever tested.
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