North Korea: We Can Now Strike Entire U.S. Mainland

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Wednesday that the country’s nuclear program is now complete following the “successful” launch of a new missile that threatens all of the U.S. An announcement read out on the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Kim gave the order to test the new Hwasong-15 missile on Tuesday, a launch that was confirmed by South Korean and U.S. authorities. “After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power,” the announcement said. The statement described the new missile as “significantly more” powerful than previous long-range missiles used and said all of the U.S. mainland would now be within range of a nuclear strike. The launch, the first since Sept. 15, prompted U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to warn earlier that Pyongyang can now hit “everywhere in the world.”