Leader Kim Jong-un addressed the successfully launched North Korean missile as a weapon against the United States in the Pacific.

North Korea launched two missiles on Wednesday. One of the missiles failed the test while another one flew high almost 250 miles and reached an altitude of 620 miles. It came down to the Sea of Japan after its flight. Kim described the launch event as “great” and indicated the “sure capability” of the nation of hitting the American targets in the Pacific. The leader followed the successful test of the Musudan medium-range missiles following the failure of five previous tests in the past few months.

“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” Kim said as quoted by the nation’s official news agency KCNA.

According to The Independent, the successful test of the missile has endangered the security of several nations and has become a serious concern for Japan, South Korea, and the US. The potential firing range of the missile is 2,180 miles that covered the whole of the areas of Asia and the Pacific, which also includes US military bases in Guam.

CNN reported that North Korean Foreign Ministry released a statement at its Beijing embassy on Thursday claiming the successful launch of the missile.”We are very happy. The Hwasong-10 means our transportation method has clearly succeeded. This means we can now confidently deal with whatever nuclear war the U.S. forces,” US Affairs of North Korea Foreign Ministry’s General of the Department Choe Sonhui said at a news conference.

“What we are doing is trying to cope with the current situation where the United States is trying to threaten the DPRK with nuclear weapons, so we are trying to strengthen our nuclear capabilities in order to cope with threats that are imposed on the DPRK,” she added.

Where North Korea praised its achievement, the UN Security Council criticized the manner in which the missiles were launched. It, according to CBC Canada, called the testing a “grave violation” of the ban on the ballistic missile activity that persisted in the nuclear weapons program of the nation. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called the launch of the North Korean missile a “brazen and irresponsible act.”