North Korea confirms it tested Hwasong-17 ICBM

North Korea confirms it tested Hwasong-17 ICBM
# 17 March 2023 03:54 (UTC +04:00)

North Korean government said it launched a Hwasong-17 missile earlier on Thursday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), APA reports.

It was the country's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was conducted as a response to "provocative and aggressive large-scale war drills" by the United States and South Korea.

The test was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, KCNA said. It "confirmed the war readiness of the ICBM unit and the exceptional militancy of [North Korea's] strategic forces and strictly verified their reliability."

The media outlet said the missile flew for 4,151 seconds over a distance of 1,000.2 km, landing on target in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

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