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North Korea tests largest intercontinental ballistic missile

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State media reported that North Korea’s latest test launch was of a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile, with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un describing the affair as intended to demonstrate the country’s strong nuclear capabilities and deter any move. US military.
This may be the first full-range test launch of North Korea’s largest nuclear-capable missile since 2017, and flight data indicates the missile flew higher and longer than any missile in Pyongyang’s previous tests. before falling into the sea west of Japan.

The missile is named Hwasong-17, and analysts said it is the largest liquid-fueled missile launched by a country from a mobile roadside launcher.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim ordered the test due to “ever-increasing military tension on and around the Korean peninsula” and that “the inevitability of a long-term confrontation with the US imperialists is accompanied by the risk of nuclear war. .”

“The DPRK’s strategic forces are fully prepared to deter and contain any dangerous military attempts by the US imperialists,” the agency added, citing Kim as personally overseeing it.

North Korea’s return to major weapons tests is also a new security concern for US President Joe Biden as he responds to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as a challenge to Korea’s new conservative administration. from the south.

The leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea condemned the launch of the missile.

The White House has yet to comment in response to Kim’s comments.

On Thursday, the US State Department announced sanctions against two Russian companies, two individuals from Russia and North Korea, and the Second Academy of Natural Sciences of the North Korean Foreign Office for transferring sensitive materials to the program. of North Korean missiles.

“These actions are part of our ongoing efforts to impede North Korea’s ability to develop its missile program and highlight the negative role Russia plays in the international arena as the publisher of such programs,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price, in a statement.

North Korea has frozen nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests since 2017 but has described these weapons as necessary to defend itself and said US diplomatic overtures are not serious as long as Washington and its allies continue “hostile policies” such as sanctions. and military exercises.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in condemned the launch, saying it was a “violation of the moratorium on ICBM tests that President Kim Jong Un has promised the international community.”


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