The DPRK government issued a statement on November 29 as regards the successful test-fire of a new generation of ICBM. The statement said:
A new generation of inter-continental ballistic missile, Hwasong 15, was successfully test-fired according to the political, strategic decision of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The new weapon system is capable of delivering a super-heavy nuclear warhead and striking the whole of the US mainland. Far better than Hwasong 14 tested in July in terms of tactical, technical specifications and technical characteristics, the new generation of ICBM is the most powerful weapon system that has reached the stage of completion in our missile programme.
Hwasong 15 blasted off at 02:48 am on November 29 on the outskirts of the capital city of Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un was given a mandate to oversee the launch by the WPK and the DPRK government.
The missile flew for 53 minutes along the preset trajectory before landing home on the target international waters in the East Sea of Korea.
The test-fire was conducted in such a way as to ensure the highest angle of the launch, and it had no negative effect on the security of neighbouring countries.
The ICBM climbed up to 4 475 kilometres and made a flight of 950 kilometres from the launch site.
Today has finally witnessed the accomplishment of the historic cause of the national nuclear programme, the cause of building a missile power, Kim Jong Un said proudly after viewing the whole process of the test-fire.
The resounding success of the test-fire of Hwasong 15 is a priceless victory achieved by the great, heroic Korean people who have faithfully supported the Party’s line of pushing economic construction and nuclear buildup simultaneously—with no vacillation despite the vicious challenges of the US and its lackeys and a multitude of difficulties.
The DPRK’s programme for developing and upgrading its strategic weapon systems is entirely designed to guard its sovereignty and territorial integrity against the US policy of nuclear blackmail and substantial nuclear threats and to ensure its people lead a peaceful life. Therefore, we take this opportunity to reaffirm solemnly that our programme would pose no threat to any countries or regions unless they infringe our state interests.
As a responsible nuclear power and peace-loving state, the DPRK would do its best to honour its commitment to secure global peace and stability.