After testing a new ballistic missile, North Korea has issued a stark warning to the United States.
A modified Scud-class missile controlled by a precision guidance system was launched on Monday – and the secretive state has told America it can expect more powerful weapons in future.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency quoted leader Kim John Un as saying: “He expressed the conviction that it would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger ‘gift package’ to the Yankees” in retaliation for American military provocation.”
The country’s latest missile test flies in the face of more sanctions over its stance on weapons testing.
State media accused the United States of staging a drill to practice dropping nuclear bombs on the Korean peninsula during a joint exercise with South Korea on Monday.
It claims the US/South Korea drill was in fact a preparation for war against the North.
President Donald Trump said the latest missile test was “disrespectful” to China.
He tweeted: “North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!”
North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles in an effort to develop one that has the ability to reach the United States.
Japan has piled pressure on China to do more to stop Kim Jong Un from persisting with his nuclear and missile programmes.
Shotaro Yachi, national security adviser to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, said in a statement: “Japan and China need to work together to strongly urge North Korea to avoid further provocative actions and obey things like United Nations resolutions.”
Independent sources have been unable to verify North Korea’s claims that it has made major advances with its recent missile launches.
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