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North Korea said Monday that its test-firing a day earlier of a solid-fuel, medium-range missile capable of striking most of Japan was “perfect” and that the weapon was ready to be deployed “for action.”

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un had observed the Pukguksong-2 missile test Sunday, which had verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine’s operations, stage separation and late-stage nuclear warhead guidance.

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