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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, stands beside the Hwasong-12 missile in this photo published Monday by the North's Rodong Sinmun.   © Kyodo
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Kim Jong Un urges 'right choice' by US after missile test

North Korea threatens more launches, wants recognition as nuclear power

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL/TOKYO -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to keep conducting nuclear and missile tests until the U.S. makes the "right choice," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday, as the rogue state continues its saber-rattling in hopes of forcing Washington into a dialogue.

North Korea published photos and video clips from Sunday's successful launch of its Hwasong-12 midrange missile. The rocket reached a height of 2,111km and hit its target 787km away, the news agency reported, claiming the device is "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead."

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