N. Korea claims missile launch to be successful

| Updated: May 30, 2017 11:46 IST

Pyongyang [North Korea], May 30 (ANI): North Korea on Tuesday announced the success of its latest ballistic missile that was aimed at testing a new precision-guidance system. Leader Kim Jong-un observed the test-firing of the "precision guided ballistic rocket capable of making ultra-precision strike," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. "The ballistic rocket flew toward the east sky where the day broke and correctly hit a planned target point with deviation of seven meters after flying over the middle shooting range," it said. North Korea launched a Scud-type short-range missile early Monday morning from its east coast that flew around 450 kilometers and reached the Sea of Japan. This is the third missile test North Korea has conducted in a month. On May 14, the test missile by Pyongyang reportedly reached an altitude of more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles). According to analysts, the test gave North Korea critical information on developing a re-entry vehicle for nuclear warheads and showed Pyongyang had a missile capable of striking the U.S. territory of Guam. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had earlier vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory. Following Pyongyang's latest missile launch Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take action against the state with the help of the United States (ANI)