TOKYO -- North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases there, an "answer" to US President Donald Trump's policies.
The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) on Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. North Korea's media said more missiles will be launched in the future.
Trump, traveling in Saudi Arabia and Israel, had no immediate public comment.