In a report from the KCNA news agency, North Korea’s state-run news network, leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards,” following his country’s successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this week.
The North Korean leader said the ICBM was a “package of gifts” for the “American bastards, as the U.S. celebrated Independence Day on July 4, according to a report in The Guardian.
Kim also reportedly encouraged his nuclear scientists to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees,” likely meaning more missile and nuclear tests, The Guardian reported.
The KCNA reported that Kim “expressed satisfaction [of the Hwasong-14 missile], saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well-made.”
North Korea this week tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially travel as far as Alaska. The Pentagon confirmed this week that North Korea fired an ICBM.
Kim was reportedly gleeful about the successful ICBM test, and said Wednesday he would send more “gift packages” to the U.S., according to the Associated Press.
The ICBM test comes during a time when tensions are running high in the U.S. regarding the threat of North Korea’s missile program that is allegedly gearing up to attack the U.S.
This test missile is one of at least a dozen missiles now that North Korea has test-launched this year – the ballistic missile launched Monday marks the 17th missile North Korea has tested so far.
Before Monday, North Korea had most recently launched four surface-to-ship missiles in early June. That launch came less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed a new resolution that imposed new sanctions on North Korea.
Prior, North Korea tested a short-range ballistic missile in late May that was controlled by a precision guidance system, and is similar to a Scud missile, or long-range surface-to-surface guided missile. North Korea reportedly promised a “bigger gift” to the U.S. following that launch.