Wednesday, October 5, 2022

North Korea confirms reports it has test-fired its largest intercontinental ballistic missile yet

North Korea has announced that it successfully launched its its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since 2017 in a test on Thursday.

State media said it successfully launched its largest intercontinental ballistic missile called the Hwasong-17. It is a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile that is North Korea’s biggest to date.

North Korea’s official KCNA news agency says the Hwasong-17 flew 1,090 km (681 miles) at a maximum altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 miles) and hit a target in the Sea of Japan during the Thursday test.

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It was in the air for 67.5 minutes.

The numbers are similar to data reported by Japan and South Korea.

Kim ordered the test because of the “daily-escalating military tension in and around the Korean peninsula” and the “inevitability of the long-standing confrontation with the US imperialists accompanied by the danger of a nuclear war,” the state-run KCNA news agency said.

KCNA called the successful test a “striking demonstration of great military muscle,” while Kim said it was a “miraculous” and “priceless” victory by the Korean people.

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