North Korea confirmed to test-fire a new ballistic missile that flew more than 1,000km

North Korea confirmed to test-fire a new ballistic missile that flew more than 1,000km - Photo 1.

People watch a television report on North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in Seoul, South Korea on March 24. Photo: REUTERS

On March 25, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed that the test-fire of a new ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasongpho-17 by the strategic forces of the DPRK was carried out on March 24. local time), under the direct direction of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

KCNA said the Hwasong-17 missile, launched from Pyongyang International Airport, flew to a maximum altitude of 6,248.5km and flew a distance of 1,090km in 4,052 seconds before hitting its target at sea.

According to KCNA, leader Kim Jong Un said the new weapon “will reliably perform its mission and duty as a powerful nuclear war deterrent”.

Meanwhile, the South Korean military estimates that the missile North Korea has launched has a range of up to 6,200km – further than the last ICBM that North Korea tested in October 2017.

According to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong spoke by phone with his US counterpart Antony Blinken about North Korea’s missile test and the two sides agreed to take “severe responses” to it. .

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