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North Korea tests new intercontinental ballistic missile

Current Affairs

  • North Korea said it test fired its massive new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in what analysts said may be the first successful launch of the system after doubts were raised about earlier claims.
  • The Hwasong-17 is nuclear-armed North Korea’s biggest missile yet, and is the largest road-mobile, liquid-fuelled ICBM in the world.
  • The Hwasong-17 ICBM launched on Friday flew 999.2 km with a maximum altitude of 6,040.9 km for 4,135 seconds (just under 69 minutes), according to KCNA. Hours after the launch, the South Korean military had provided a similar analysis of the missile’s performance.
  • Japan’s Ministry of Defense concluded that, depending on the weight of a potential warhead, the North Korean ICBM could have a range of over 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles), “in which case it could cover the entire mainland United States.”

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