North Korean state media: Country ‘seized with great joy’ at successful missile test
North Korea successfully launched Wednesday a new inter-continental ballistic missile into the sea off of the coast of Japan, causing great joy among the North Korean citizenry and military brass, according to the country’s official media.
“I am very excited after hearing the news about the successful test-fire,” said Yang Ho, vice-minister of North Korea’s metallurgical industry in one of three press releases put out by North Korea’s state-run media since the launch.
“It will be a great thunderclap to the U.S. and hostile forces which are running amuck to block the advance of the DPRK. And it is a great victory that declares all over the world the DPRK would firmly defend its dignity and sovereignty with its strong nuclear deterrent,” Ho said. The official name of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is a direct reference to its claim over the South Korea, or the Republic of Korea, or the ROK.
“I seem to see old lunatic Trump and those riff-raffs making a great fuss, daunted by our new ‘gift package.’ There is a saying ‘Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.’ The more desperate the old lunatic remains in such provocations as re-listing the DPRK as a ‘sponsor of terrorism,’ the stronger self-defensive countermeasure of the DPRK they will meet,” promised Korean People’s Army officer Ko Song Il.
Song Il said the U.S. should bear in mind that no force on earth can check the advance of the DPRK and the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will show no mercy to the invaders.
President Donald J. Trump has said in response to the threats from North Korea: “I will only tell you that we will take care of it.”
Trump’s secretary of defense, retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, has warned of the possibility that improvements in the North Korea’s missile technology could allow North Korea to strike basically anywhere in the United States.
“The successful test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-15 is a proud victory brought about by the Workers’ Party of Korea’s line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force,” said Kim Song Hyok, an officer in the Korean People’s Army, according to another press release.
“It is a great auspicious event that demonstrated the inexhaustible might of Juche Korea and dealt a telling blow to the U.S.,” Hyok said.
Juche is the ideology set forth by the eternal supreme leader of the so-called “hermit kingdom,” Kim Il Song, the nation’s first president. It is the idea that the masses of the communist nation are the masters of a great revolution aimed at destroying North Korea’s enemies, mainly the United States.
“With no atrocious sanction, the enemies can check the DPRK people who are advancing toward the final victory in socialism with the spirit of self-reliance and self-development under the guidance of the respected Supreme Leader,” said Hong Pyong Guk, vice president of North Korea’s Academy of the Sciences.
Guk was referring to numerous sanction placed on North Korea by western nations. The latest of these sanctions was announced on Nov. 16, when Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan announced that the Sudanese government had decided to sever military ties with North Korea at the request of Trump.
According to North Korean officials, the ICBM Hwasong-15 traveled 4475 kilometers (2800 miles) for a total of 53 minutes before landing in the ocean off the coast of Japan.
“The ICBM Hwasong-15 is a perfect and powerful rocket capable of striking the whole U.S. mainland with super-large heavy nuclear warhead tipped. And it is a weaponry system with high maneuverability and accuracy, which was developed by our own efforts and technology. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un for accomplishing the historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” Guk said.