orth Korean leader Kim Jong Un considers Wednesday’s test firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile the “greatest success and victory,” the country’s state-run news agency reported.

“He (Kim Jong Un) noted with pride that the results of the test-fire proved in actuality that the DPRK joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability,” the Korean Central News Agency said Thursday.
Kim apparently gave field guidance for the test from a observatory post. After he gave the order, the submarine submerged to a firing depth and launched the missile North Korea calls “Pukguksong.”
North Korea’s launch took place in the waters, off Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province.
The US mainland and its “operational theater in the Pacific” are now within North Korea’s “striking range,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.
He warned the US and South Korea to refrain from “hurting the dignity and security of North Korea” if it wants to avoid deadly strikes.
KCNA did not provide any details of where and when this test took place. It was not immediately clear whether this report was referring to the test that the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed on Wednesday. Continue reading.