Kim Jong-un has approved North Korea's intermediate-range ballistic missile for deployment. (Reuters/KCNA)
ABC News Online: North Korea: Kim Jong-un says ballistic missile ready for 'action' after test
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the intermediate-range ballistic missile that was tested yesterday is ready for "action", according to the reclusive state's news agency.
The test was reported by South Korea yesterday, and the KCNA news agency today released a statement claiming the launch was a success.
The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.
Mr Kim supervised the launch of the Pukguksong-2 missile and was pleased with the results, KCNA said.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2017
North Korea: Medium-range missile ready for deployment -- Al Jazeera
North Korea says missile meets all specifications, ready for mass-production -- Reuters
Primary U.S. targets for North Korean ICBMs -- Alert 5
2 US Aircraft Carriers May Join Joint Drill in East Sea -- KBS World
Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy -- South China Morning Post
Eye in the Sky: China Rolls Out Advanced Radar for Jet Fighters -- Sputnik
Chinese newspaper applauds reported 'anti-espionage' killing of CIA sources -- The Guardian
Spy report claiming China Killed or jailed 18-20 CIA sources ‘won’t harm Sino-US ties’ -- South China Morning Post
Chinese Industrial Spies Cast a Wider Net -- Levi Maxey, Cipher Brief
Pakistan Investigating Social Media Users for Anti-Army Posts: Official -- US News and Review/Reuters
New Zealand navy paid $700,000 to firm mired in ‘Fat Leonard’ sex and bribery scandal -- The Guardian
Nicaragua insists Russian satellite station 'not for spying' -- Defense News
South Sudan's Army may have Committed War Crimes: UN -- Newsweek
Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command -- Foreign Policy
NATO chief in talks with Germany, Turkey over Incirlik dispute -- DW
Nato to welcome Montenegro to the defence alliance in first expansion of membership in eight years -- The Independent
NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan - Defense One
Argentina purchased several refurbished Mirages and engines for Pucaras -- Merco Press
Buying 3 carriers at once could save $1.5 billion, cut 2 years off production, shipyard says -- Virginia Pilot
Russia tried to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts: report -- The Hill
Better Than Boots on the Ground: Pentagon's Tiny Drones Score ‘High Value’ Kills -- Sputnik
The Army Is Testing A Microwave Weapon System In The Mountains Of New Mexico -- Task & Purpose
These gourmet-style meals were created from military MREs -- Military Times
Lawmakers Rap Littoral Combat Ship, New Handgun, Intel System -- Defense Tech
Report: SOCOM Has More Troops In Africa Than Anywhere Except The Middle East -- Task & Purpose
Trump budget to cut Foreign Military Financing, with loan option looming -- Defense News
No More Money for Nothing: Trump’s Budget Proposal May Frustrate Ukraine, Others -- Sputnik
Trump’s Military Budget Proposal Gives Defense Hawks the Political Upper Hand -- Sandra Erwin, RCD
US Services required to report plans to accept new transgender troops -- USA Today
Amphibious Warfare Experts Emphasize the Need to Adopt New Concepts -- James Peterson, SeaPower
Gallery: War aircraft through the lens of a US Army training manual -- Ars Technica
The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up -- Russell Berman, The Atlantic