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15 of May, 09:48

North Korea launched an unknown rocket
North Korea claims that the missile, which it tested on Sunday, capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, said Monday the state media.

According to the state news Agency KCNA, the country's leader Kim Jong-UN announced the launch of a rocket "And 12", which reached the height of 2111,5 km (1312 miles) and flew 787 km (489 miles). The test was "aimed at checking the tactical and technological characteristics of newly developed ballistic missile capable of carrying large, heavy nuclear warheads", - said the KCNA.

North Korea has warned that the United States had not provoked the country, saying that "the US operation on the mainland and in the Pacific" are in the range of North Korean missiles. Analysts described the latest test North Korea's most successful achievement in its quest to develop nuclear Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

High and long flight - for 30 minutes, stated in the USA - indicate that a missile with extended range, says David Wright, co-Director of the Union of concerned scientists. In his blog, Wright pointed out that if the rocket reaches this height and fly away as far she could reach U.S. territory on GUAM in the Pacific ocean.

The test showed that North Korea "has all the powerful tools for retaliation" if Washington would undertake any military action to stop its nuclear program.
Tong Zhao, an analyst at the Center for global policy Carnegie-Tsinghua, said that if the missiles do have the range to hit GUAM, it could give North Korea a "regional nuclear deterrence", which means that it may not require Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach mainland USA.

According to the report, RIA "Novosti", Russia initially responded to the test of North Korea by the far Eastern air defense system on high alert. According to reports, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin obsudil start with Chinese President XI Jinping during a meeting in Beijing. "Concern was expressed at the escalation of tensions, including in connection with the launch of the (North Korean missiles)", - quotes the words of the Russian press Secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov, the Russian state media.

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