After successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un praised the launch as a “gift” to “American bastards” for Independence Day on Tuesday.
The ICBM shot off by North Korea is reportedly able to launch a “large, heavy nuclear warhead” to Alaska according to the government-run Korean Central News Agency and reported by The Telegraph.
President Donald Trump initially proclaimed that a North Korean missile hitting the United States “won’t happen,” so this launch seems to be a retaliation to those claims.
Kim announced, “American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary.”
Kim laughed and “added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom,” according to KCNA, the Telegraph reported.
The ICBM is characterized as a Hwasong-14 and Kim, who examined it beforehand, “expressed satisfaction, saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well made.”
According to reports, the ICBM achieved an altitude of 2,802 km, traveling for 39 minutes for 580 miles and having “all the technological requirements including heat resistance and structural stability of the re-entry nose cone.”
“That’s it. It’s an ICBM,” arms control specialist Jeffrey Lewis posted on Twitter. “An ICBM that can hit Anchorage not San Francisco, but still.”
Co-director of the Global Security Program David Wright stated, “That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.” Wright also highlighted the missile typically can travel around 6,700 km.
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that the launch “represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”
He further exclaimed that the United States “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”
First reported by TheBlaze.