Hwasong-12 | North Korea launches its most powerful missile since 2017
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Published on 31/01/2022 at 13:13

North Korea today confirmed that it launched its most powerful missile since 2017, the Hwasong-12. According to state media, this is the seventh missile test in a month, raising concerns on the part of other countries as to whether North Korea is about to repeat nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

A test launch of the Hwasong-12 mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile took place on Sunday, confirming its accuracy, safety and effectiveness, the North Korean news agency NNA reported today.

The KCNA confirmed today that the test was carried out using the “launch system at a higher angle” to protect the safety of neighboring countries, adding that a camera had been mounted on the missile’s head. The official agency published images taken by this camera.

The missile was launched shortly after noon before a rally in the northern province of Jangang, where North Korea has fired other supersonic missiles in recent months.

The missile reached a maximum altitude of 2,000 kilometers and covered about 800 kilometers in 30 minutes before falling into the Sea of ​​Japan, the North Korean General Staff said. Pyongyang had tested a Hwasong-12 missile in 2017, which had a range of 787 kilometers and reached an altitude of 2,111 kilometers. Analysts then estimated that the missile had the capability of traveling 4,500 kilometers and as a result it hit the island of Guam, an American building in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: APA MPA

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