North Korea missile test a ‘new threat to world’, says US amid show of military force

Kim Jong-un calls test a 4 July gift to ‘American bastards’ as US secretary of state urges action against North Koreans and regime

The United States has ramped up pressure on North Korea after Tuesday’s successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, making a show of force off the Korean peninsula with a “precision firing” exercise and issuing a global warning that any country harbouring North Korean workers was abetting Kim Jong-un’s regime.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday that after personally overseeing the test, leader Kim Jong-un said “American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”.

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