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North Korea Successfully Launches Monster Missile’

The Hwasong-17 is North Korea’s largest missile yet
North Korea has announced that it successfully launched its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a test on Thursday.

The Hwasong-17 was first unveiled in 2020 at a parade where its colossal size surprised even seasoned analysts.

Thursday’s launch marked the first time the country tested a ICBM since 2017.

ICBMs are long-range missiles, capable of reaching the US. N Korea is banned from testing them and has been heavily sanctioned for doing so before.

State media said leader Kim Jong-un directly guided Thursday’s test and the weapon was key to deterring nuclear war.

Ankit Panda from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace called the launch a “significant milestone” for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

“This test was long telegraphed and continues North Korea’s efforts to improve its nuclear deterrent,” he told the BBC.

Thursday’s missile launch was tracked by militaries in Japan and South Korea – Japanese officials said it flew to an altitude of 6,000 km (3,728 miles) and fell in Japanese waters after flying for more than an hour.

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