N Korea’s Kim Jong-Un says intercontinental ballistic missile test a gift to Americans on their Independence Day

05 July 2017, 07:42 AM
Kim Jong-Un (Image: PTI)
Kim Jong-Un (Image: PTI)

North Korea’s defiance came to fore when Pyongyang’s official news agency on Wednesday said that its leader Kim Jong-Un termed intercontinental ballistic missile test was a “gift” to “American bastards” on their independence day.

The Korean Central News Agency reported, “he said American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”.

Breaking into peals of laughter, it said, he “added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom”.

N Korea says ICBM can carry 'large, heavy nuclear warhead'

North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of carrying a “large, heavy nuclear warhead” that can survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, its official news agency said today.

Washington described the device, launched yesterday in a watershed moment for Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions, as an ICBM, and independent experts said it was capable of reaching Alaska.

The Korean Central News Agency said that after personally overseeing the test, leader Kim Jong-Un “said American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”, the United States’ independence day.

Breaking into peals of laughter, KCNA said, he “added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom”.

Kim had inspected the Hwasong-14 missile and “expressed satisfaction, saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well made”.

North and South Korea have been divided since the war on the peninsula ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion.

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First Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 07:36 AM
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