North Korea launches “highest-ever” ballistic missile

North Korea has successfully fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) claiming it can reach the whole United States mainland and could carry a “super large heavy warhead.”

The country’s national TV made the announcement on Wednesday, hours after Kim Jong-un ordered the 3 a.m launch of the Hwasong-15 missile which reached an altitude of 4,500 Km and flew 960 Km and landed in Japanese water, according to South Korea’s military.

In a statement following the launch, Kim said North Korea had “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” according to KCNA.

Wednesday’s launch is the first in more than two month, and a clear sign that Kim Jong-un is moving ahead with his plan to being able to strike the US’ mainland. The launch came a week after President Trump put North Korea back on the US list of countries that support terrorism.

President Trump told reporters at the White House after the launch that “we will take care of the situation.” He later tweeted that “After North Korea missile launch, it’s more important than ever to fund our gov’t & military.”

The United Nations Security Council plans to discuss the latest test on Wednesday in New York.