The test-firing was carried out under the intolerable situation in which the reckless military confrontation of the United States and other hostile forces tenaciously driving the military and political situation of the Korean peninsula to the dangerous line surpasses the limitation and the hypocritical and gangster-like sophistries abusing even the right to self-defence of a sovereign state as provocation are justified even on the stage of the United Nations.
The respected Comrade
The test-firing was watched by Jo Yong Won, Ri Il Hwan, Jon Hyon Chol, Ri Chung Gil, Kim Jong Sik and other leading officials of the Central Committee of the WPK in company with
The test-firing of the new-type intercontinental ballistic missile was aimed at examining the reliability and dependence on the operation of the weapon system.
The new-type intercontinental ballistic missile "Hwasongpho-17" launched from the Pyongyang International Airport went up to the greatest altitude of 6,040.9 kilometres, flew the distance of 999.2 kilometres for 4,135 seconds and correctly hit the designated waters on the East Sea of Korea.
The test-firing clearly proved the reliability of the new-type major strategic weapon system which will represent the strategic force of our state and the powerful combat performance of the world's strongest strategic weapon.
Encouraging the successful test-firing,
He continued: Recently, the military threat of the United States and other hostile forces gets undisguised around our state. The dangerous situation more urgently demands us accelerate increasing the nuclear deterrent in an overwhelming and substantial way.
Under the present situation it is necessary to show a clearer action to the United States and its followers including south Korea that the military counteraction against us precisely means self-ruin and a wise option has to be reconsidered to improve the environment for their security. We must clearly show the toughest will of our Party and government for retaliation to the enemy who are hell-bent on the aggressive war exercises to disturb peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region. The more often the US imperialists make a military bluff in and around the Korean peninsula while concentrating efforts on "strengthening the offer of the extended deterrence" to their Allies and staging war exercises, the more offensively our military counteraction will be changed.
If the enemy continue to threaten us with their nuclear striking means, our Party and DPRK government will resolutely answer nukes for nukes and frontal confrontation for frontal confrontation, he solemnly declared.
All the officials and scientists in the field of national defence science and the combatants of the strategic nuclear weapon units pledged absolute worship and ardent loyalty to