Reports indicate the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has approved for combat, the ballistic missile the rouge nation tested on Sunday.
From The Daily Caller:
Pyongyang successfully tested a Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) medium-range ballistic missile. The weapon is a two-stage, solid-fueled, canister-launched missile fired from a road-mobile Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL). First tested in February, the KN-15 can be launched with little warning and is less vulnerable to preemptive strikes…
Calling it a “successful strategic weapon,” the North Korean leader has approved the KN-15 for action.
Kim Jong-un personally oversaw the missile test himself, watching the missile travel 300 miles before landing in the East Sea/Sea of Japan. Experts say that under normal combat conditions with a standard trajectory, the missile could travel up to 1,200 miles.
Sunday’s test marked North Korea’s eleventh missile test this year and the second test in the past week. Last Sunday, the North successfully launched a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12.
Some observers suspect that the Hwasong-12 may be the technological foundation for a future intercontinental ballistic missile, the weapon necessary for North Korea to make good on its threats and strike targets in the U.S.