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North Korea launches new intercontinental ballistic missile, details revealed

The launch was the most technically advanced one in terms of the duration and altitude of the missile’s flight, the Japanese Defense Ministry pointed out


North Korea launches new intercontinental ballistic missile, details revealed
North Korea President Kim Jong Un Missile Testing, Credit- Twitter[AfricanSoil]

North Korea launched what could be a new-type intercontinental ballistic missile, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.



According to the ministry, the launch was the most technically advanced one in terms of the duration and altitude of the missile’s flight. This time, the missile flew for roughly 71 minutes and covered about 1,100 kilometres, reaching a maximum altitude of over six kilometres. In 2017, when Pyongyang last test-fired the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, the flight lasted 53 minutes and the missile reached a maximum altitude of more than 4,000 kilometres.


According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, the missile fell inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan 170 kilometres west of the Aomori Prefecture at 3:44 pm local time.



"North Korea’s actions pose a serious direct threat to Japan, the region and the entire international community, they are absolutely unacceptable, we have issued a protest via diplomatic channels," a Japanese Defense Ministry spokesperson pointed out, adding that Tokyo would maintain close cooperation with the United States and the international community on the North Korean missile issue, and would also continue comprehensive efforts to strengthen its defence capabilities.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has broken a moratorium on launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated. "President of the North Korean State Affairs Commission Kim Jong-un has broken the moratorium on launching intercontinental ballistic missiles that he promised to the international community to comply with," he said, as cited by the Yonhap news agency.


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