North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the whole of continental US.
State television claimed that Pyongyang had now achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state.
The Hwasong-15 missile, which it said was its "most powerful", was launched in darkness early on Wednesday.
It landed in Japanese waters but flew higher than any other missile the North has previously tested.
State news agency KCNA said that the missile reached an altitude of 4,475km (2,780 miles) and flew 950km for 53 minutes.
It added that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who personally signed off on the launch, "declared with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power".
Japanese officials said the projectile did not fly over Japan, as some have done in the past, and landed about 250km off its northern coast.
The test has prompted swift international condemnation. The UN Security Council is due to convene an emergency session to discuss the latest test.
The launch was the latest in a series of weapons tests that raised tensions to unprecedented levels. Pyongyang last launched a ballistic missile in September, the same month it conducted its sixth nuclear test.
North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and missile programme despite this global condemnation and sanctions.
Prior to North Korea's, US defence secretary James Mattis said the missile launch "went higher, frankly, than any previous shots they have taken", and said North Korea poses a worldwide threat.
US President Donald Trump was briefed while the missile was still in the air, the White House said. Afterwards he said: "We will take care of it."
Japan and South Korea have condemned the test, with the South launching its own missile test in response.(BBC)
ok lets see whats trump t comments will he pull nuclear trigger as many suggest that he us not fit to be a president... via DM Android App
Shyamalie Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:48 AM
Look at the history,any non white leader who stand up to the West is first attacked by the Western Media as a lunatic,then put under strict sanctions,and finally killed or thrown out of power; Sadam,Gadafi,Mugabe ..... Only North Korean Leader albeit a dictator armed with Nuclear Wepons giving a fitting response to the West.
Senewi Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:54 AM
Hip hip hooray !
Hip hip modayas Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:45 PM
Send one to Sri Lankans modayas.
gamini Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:55 AM
In the last 400 years,no country had the guts nor the fire power to challenge the West who rule this planet like their own property. Bravo,North Korea .
War Monger Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:53 AM
WAR monger .
Banda Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:56 PM
gamini,you are absolutely right. Hip hip hooray !
ANTON Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:55 PM
WOW ........ LOVELY COMMENT GAMINI ....... THIS REMINDS ME WHAT YANKEES DID TO VIETNAM........ AS YOU SAID BRAVO......
Ram Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:21 AM
They may have the missile but US have the technology to bring it down soon after it is fired. If that happens the whole of North Korea is likely to disintegrate
Peries Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:45 AM
You Indians are jealous because North Koreans have better Missiles than your "Chapathi" missiles.
Indian Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:38 PM
Don't insult India. Your tiny Island is even within our artillery range.
Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:22 AM
According to the Western Leaders the North Korea is a ruthless country and the people have no freedom at all.Then how come the oppressed people produce brilliant Scientists and Mathematicians who are so good in Nuclear Physics and Rocket Science. They have even beaten India and Pakistan in this technology with this latest missile test bringing America under their Nuclear range.
nalla Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:15 PM
oppressed only common people, not the top elite, rulers and scientists.
abc Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:28 PM
Technology imported from Iran. NK workers were in Iran plants when Israel attack them in late 70s
ceylon Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:04 PM
no diference between american politicians and lankan politicians.only talk no action. via DM Android App
Aruna Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:21 PM
North Korea cares not US, Japan, China, Russia or anybody and NK's dangerous leader works for the sake and pride of his country. Instead of sanctions, US and others need to come to more than decent agreements with NK, respect and accept North Korean administration and its people and harmonize for the sake of peaceful / war free world.
Ranjan Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:39 PM
Your first sentence is Western Propagada,Your second sentence make sense but you know it wouldn't happen because of the arrogance of the White Man.
Sarath Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:50 PM
You are ignorant of the geo politics of how the Whites Dominate this World.That is why we are happy with this missile test.
Jeya Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:54 PM
ArubaAruna,because of idiots like you the West had been ruling us for the last four centuries.
Protestantizing mason Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:11 PM
Things going wrong in the masonic world.
Shyaman Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:17 PM
Look guys ,They have tested this while our president in South Korea.What you guys think about it?
Western Tourist Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:34 PM
You seems to have the sense,all other comments are pathetic.
GT Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:48 PM
Yes,all other comments are pathetic because you can't handle the Truth.
Tinkiriya Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:02 AM
pathetic if Western countries would not use nut jobs like you as a missile defense shield.
Tinkiriya Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:14 PM
Three cheers for NK for their achievement and jeers for the US intelligence that claimed NK will take "atleast five more years" to build a ICBM that will reach North America.
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