North Korea orders mass production of new ballistic missile capable of striking Japan and major US military bases

North Korea has said it is ready to begin mass production of a new medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases.

The North fired the missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, its second weapons test in a week.

The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 (Poseidon-2) missile flew about 500km (310 miles) and reached a height of 560km (350 miles) before plunging into the Pacific Ocean.

Kim Jong-un supervised the test, which confirmed reliable late-stage guidance of the warhead and the functioning of a solid-fuel engine, the KCNA state news agency said.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inspects the medium-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2’s launch test (Reuters)

It quoted Kim as saying the Pukguksong-2 met all the required technical specifications so should now be mass-produced and deployed to the Korean People’s Army strategic battle unit.

“Saying with pride that the missile’s rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a…

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