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N Korea claims successful test-launch of ballistic missiles

Pyongyang, June 23: North Korea on Thursday announced the launch of medium-range missiles on Wednesday was a success and it considered this a necessary weapon to increase the country’s capacity when carrying out a “pre-emptive nuclear attack”. Pyongyang launched two missiles from its eastern coast into the sea on Wednesday, the second of them appeared to function with relative success, EFE news reported. “The test-firing was successfully conducted without having any slightest effect to the security of surrounding countries,” North Korea’s state-run news agency KC said in a statement. The statement confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was present for the test-fire of the medium long-range strategic ballistic missile med Hwasong-10. According to KC, Kim considered that the missile is “needed to increase in a sustained way our preemptive nuclear attack capability and continue the study and development of diverse strategic attack weapons.” “The current test-fire marked an important occasion in further strengthening the nuclear attack capacity of our state,” the statement quoted the leader as saying.  (IANS)

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