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N.K. leader says his country close to goal of completing nuclear force

2017/09/16 07:12

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SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country has nearly reached its goal of completing nuclear force despite the international sanctions regime, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday.

Kim made the remark during his inspection of the launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan a day earlier, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea on Friday fired a ballistic missile from Pyongyang that flew over Japan. It flew around 3,700 kilometers while reaching a maximum altitude of some 770 km.

"We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attain the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade," Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA.

He underlined "the need to put an end to them with the all-state efforts as it has nearly reached the terminal," it added.

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