Kim Jong Un attends concert hailing North Korean missile launch

Kim Jong Un attends concert hailing North Korean missile launch”

The missile launched July 4 had the distance to reach the USA mainland - and marked the latest escalation of the North's nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has attended a pop concert to celebrate the successful launch of his country's first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Hwasong-14 missile launched July 4 had a maximum range of about 4,163 miles, meaning it would be able to hit targets in Alaska but not the contiguous US mainland or the larger islands of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

The concert featured singing and dancing.

North Korean state television claimed the missile - launched under the supervision of Kim Jong-un - reached an altitude of 1,741 miles (2,802km) and hit its target precisely after flying for 39 minutes. The performances included "Song of Hwasong Rocket" and "Make Others Envy Us", according to the nation's official Korean Central News Agency.

Leading the bill at the concert was the Moranbong Band, an all-female ensemble that was hand-picked by Kim and serves as something of the "soft" face of his regime.

A similar pop ensemble called the Chongbong Band also performed, along with the uniformed State Merited Chorus and the Wangjaesan Art Troupe.

Mr Kim has previously declared his intention to create a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, a boast America has previously said "wouldn't happen".

About half of the respondents said they a lot or some confidence in President Donald Trump to handle the threats from the North while 44 percent said they didn't have much or any faith in his ability to do so, the survey showed.

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