Sunday 27 May 2018

Kim visits factory that produced tyres for missile truck

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has thanked workers at a factory that built the tyres for a huge vehicle used to transport a new intercontinental ballistic missile that was test-launched this week.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency says Mr Kim in September tasked the Amnokgang Tire Factory to produce the large-size tires for the nine-axle missile trucks during preparations for the "great event in November".

South Korea's military says the Hwasong-15 ICMB, launched on Wednesday, is potentially capable of striking targets as far as 13,000 kilometres (8,100 miles), which would put Washington within reach.

The KCNA says Mr Kim complimented workers and called for further efforts to raise production to satisfy the "the daily-increasing needs in developing the country's economy and beefing up national defence capabilities".

Press Association

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