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North Korea says they've successfully tested a new missile — and issues an ominous threat

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North Korea's dictatorial regime declared its latest missile test a success and said its new Intercontinental ballistic missile could reach every part of the mainland United States. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The North Korean regime lauded their missile test Tuesday as a success and made an ominous threat — they claimed their new missile can now reach all of the mainland in the United States.

North Korea made the announcement at noon, hours after the missile test was detected.

North Korea declared that the test had been a new, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile, called the Hwasong 15. The statement claimed it was "significantly more" powerful than the previous missile iteration, and that its range was great enough to hit the entire U.S. mainland.

"The great success in the test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-15 is a priceless victory won by the great and heroic people of the DPRK who have upheld the WPK's line on the simultaneous development of the two fronts with loyalty," the statement read, "without the slightest vacillation despite the vicious challenges by the U.S. imperialists and their followers and manifold difficulties."

"The development and advancement of the strategic weapon of the DPRK are to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country from the U.S. imperialists' nuclear blackmail policy and nuclear threat," it continued, "and to ensure the peaceful life of the people, and therefore, they would not pose any threat to any country and region as long as the interests of the DPRK are not infringed upon."

What was the response?

U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting to address North Korea's continued belligerence.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted in response to the missile firing, "The Kim [Jong Un] regime in North Korea would do well not to test the resolve of this [president] – or the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the United States."

President Trump also tweeted about it, saying, "After North Korea missile launch, it's more important than ever to fund our gov't & military! Dems shouldn't hold troop funding hostage for amnesty & illegal immigration."

"I ran on stopping illegal immigration and won big," he added. "They can't now threaten a shutdown to get their demands."

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