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North Korea Declares Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Test Successful

© REUTERS / Kim Hong-JiPassengers watch a TV screen broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 12, 2017
Passengers watch a TV screen broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 12, 2017 - Sputnik International
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North Korea has declared its ballistic missile test successful, media reported.

North Korea has declared its Sunday's nuclear-capable ballistic missile test successful, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

In a statement carried by North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang claimed its Pukguksong-2 strategic missile system had been successfully test-fired, according to reports.

The surface-to-surface missile used solid propellants and a new type of an engine, the agency said. The North’s leader Kim Jong-un reportedly attended the launch.

A North Korean flag flutters in the propaganda village of Gijungdong as seen from a South Korean military check point of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on November 12, 2014 - Sputnik International
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The missile also proved to be capable of engaging evasive manoeuvres, the agency added.

The US Department of Defense has declined to comment on the emerging details of the missile test, in response to Sputnik’s request on Monday.

"Refer you to North Korea to characterize their testing operations‎," a Pentagon official said in response to whether the Department could confirm the success of Pyongyang’s test.

The missile was reportedly launched earlier from an airbase in the western province of North Pyongan and travelled around several hundreds of miles before plunging into the Sea of Japan outside of the Japanese exclusive economic zone.

The launch of ballistic missile led to protests from the country’s closest neighbours, Japan and South Korea, both stating that Pyongyang’s actions were in breach of the UN Security Council resolutions.

DPRK has conducted a number of missile launches in the past months, including its biggest nuclear test last September, prompting condemnation from international community.

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