North Korea says Hwasong-18 ICBM test was response to US hostility

North Korea says Hwasong-18 ICBM test was response to US hostility
# 19 December 2023 08:51 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea said on Tuesday it had tested the isolated state's newest ICBM on Monday to gauge the war readiness of its nuclear force against mounting U.S. hostility, as Washington and its allies began operating a real-time missile data sharing system, APA reports citing Reuters.

North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un watched Monday's launch of the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a site east of the capital, Pyongyang. The missile reached an altitude of 6,518 km (4,050 miles), flying 1,002 km and accurately hitting the intended target, an empty patch of sea, state media said.

Kim said the launch sends "a clear signal to the hostile forces, who have fanned up their reckless military confrontation hysteria" against the North, state news agency KCNA reported.

Kim said the drill "displayed the DPRK's will for toughest counteraction and its overwhelming strength". DPRK is short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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