KIM Jong-un has fired a ballistic missile across his own country just days after declaring war on the US.
The war-hungry state fired the missile from North Korea’s South Hwanghae province, southwest of Pyongyang, into the sea off its east coast, South Korean military has revealed.
Seoul officials said the launch shows Pyongyang’s “ambition to attack neighbouring countries”.
The missile landed near Japanese waters and defence minister for Tokyo Gen Nakatani said the ballistic missile launch was a “serious threat” to Japan’s security.
Kim Jong-un has blasted a missile across his own country
This comes following a series of missile launches by Pyongyang in defiance to the UN’s sanctions.
The Pyongyang leader accused Barack Obama of “crossing the red line” after introducing trade sanctions last week, and promised the “toughest countermeasures” in response.
The North Korean dictator claimed the sanctions were a “declaration of war” and called the decision by the US a “tedious crime”.
It is the first missile launch since July 19 by the secretive nation when they blasted two mid-range Rodong missiles and a shorter-range Scud missile.
Along with the declaration of war on the US, North Korea has also recently threatened to reduce Japan “to debris in a moment”.
Following the act of aggression, Obama sent a fleet of supersonic bombers to bases near North Korea.
The B-1B Lancer bombers are being sent to Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean within striking range of the secretive state’s capital of Pyongyang.
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They are replacing the ageing fleet of B-52s held on the island’s Andersen Air Force Base.
Around 300 US airmen are also being deployed to the base in response to the increasing aggression of the maverick leader.
The dictator said the sanctions by the US are a ‘declaration of war’
A former US general recently warned North Korea could start World War Three due to its increasingly volatile actions.
General Walter Sharp said: “It’s not business as usual on the Korean peninsula. The economy is clearly not meeting the needs of the people of North Korea.
“I believe there will be strong provocations, strong attacks by North Korea that could quickly escalate into a much bigger conflict.”