Kim Jong-Un Watches Latest Missile Test Gleefully From North Korea

He reckons his missiles can reach US targets.

23/06/2016 13:38

Kim Jong-Un has pretty much nailed the "looking evil while watching things happen" look and the latest pictures of the North Korean dictator are no exception.

New images showed him watching the launch of a powerful new midrange ballistic missile on Wednesday that state media said propelled one of the weapons more than 870 miles high, the Associated Press reported.

Kim said that the test showed that North Korean missiles could reach US targets in the Pacific.

  • KCNA via Getty Images
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un celebrates the launch of a surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10 at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Wednesday. The Musudan - also known as the Hwasong-10 - has a theoretical range of anywhere between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometres (1,550 to 2,500 miles)
  • KCNA via Getty Images
  • KCNA via Getty Images

After observing the launch, Kim said it gives his country the "sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre," according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

The missile test reportedly came after a number of failed attempts.

Five previous Musudan tests ended in failure.

But the second of two Musudans fired on Wednesday flew 250 miles (400km) – before coming down in the Sea of Japan, the Guardian reported.  

Kim Jong-Un is thought to have turned up the pressure on his scientists and military with his very public order in March to push ahead with more nuclear and missile tests.

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