North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

China is within range and can be hit by North Korea’s nuclear-tipped missile, a North Korean lecturer told a group of state officials about a week after the test of Pyongyang’s midrange missile Hwasong-12.

UPI, quoting “multiple sources” that spoke with Radio Free Asia, called the statement an unusual expression of overt hostility from North Korea toward its most important ally — China.

Multiple sources in North Korea’s Yanggang Province told Radio Free Asia the statement was made on Saturday during a lecture before an audience of state “subcontractors”, at the meeting room of the Yanggang Provincial Party Committee.

“The recently developed and successfully launched new missile Hwasong-12 could definitely be equipped with nuclear weapons and hit all targets in China”, one of RFA’s sources said, quoting a statement from the lecturer at the meeting.

North Korea fired its Hwasong-12 missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday. It was Pyongyang’s second missile test in a week.

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