North Korea is at it again as it launched two ballistic missiles on Friday, according to the South Korean military and U.S. defense officials.
A U.S. official confirmed the missile launches to CNN. One of them reportedly traveled 800 kilometers into the Sea of Japan, while a second one disappeared from radar after hitting an altitude of 17 kilometers.
Following the launch, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Kim Jong-un “to exercise self-restraint.”
However, based on a number of statements from the hermit nation, that’s not likely.
“Declaring that a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several types of ballistic rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further increase the reliability of nuclear attack capability, (Kim) instructed the relevant field to make thorough prearrangement for them,” the Korean Central News Agency said in a statement.
North Korea also said it now has technology “possessed by a few countries styling themselves military powers.”
Tensions have been escalating in the region following a number of nuclear tests from North Korea, in addition to joint military drills from the U.S. and South Korea.
Kim’s regime also continues to troll the rest of the world with increasingly insane and threatening statements.
In a post titled “What remains to be done is to retaliate against enemies’ provocation by force of arms,” North Korea said “war may break out anytime.”
“The U.S. imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces have pushed the situation to the point of explosion by resorting to hideous provocations,” North Korea said.
It also said “no one is allowed to blame (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)” if war breaks out.
“Once the buttons of striking means are pushed, those means will be launched to bring a disaster and ruin to the U.S.,” according to statements published in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s communist party. “This is an inescapable fate of the U.S. in confrontation with the DPRK.”