North Korea Tests Hwasong-18 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as a Warning to the US


North Korea Tests Hwasong-18 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

PYONGYANG - The North Korean government media, KCNA, reported on Thursday (July 13, 2023) that the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test-fired on Wednesday was the Hwasong-18. According to the KCNA report, it is the latest Hwasong-18 ICBM, which represents the core of their nuclear strike capability and serves as a warning to the United States (US) and other enemy nations.

The ICBM test, which was reported by South Korea and Japan's military, drew condemnation from the US and leaders in Seoul and Tokyo. The Hwasong-18 was first tested in April. It is North Korea's first ICBM to use solid propellant, enabling faster missile deployment in the event of war.

"The test launch is an important process aimed at further developing the strategic nuclear power of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and, at the same time, serves as a strong practical warning to the enemy," wrote KCNA, using the official name of North Korea.

Accusing Washington of escalating tensions by deploying submarines and bombers to the Korean Peninsula and planning nuclear warfare with South Korea, KCNA stated that the military security situation "has reached a nuclear crisis phase after the Cold War era."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the ICBM test launch and stated that the country will take increasingly strong measures to protect itself until the US and its allies cease their hostile policies.

According to KCNA, the Hwasong-18's flight time of 74 minutes was the longest for a North Korean missile test. The report added that the second and third stages were flown on a lofted trajectory to ensure safety.

"The test launch did not have any negative impact on the security of neighboring countries," KCNA added. North Korea stated that the missile traveled 1,001 km (622 miles) and reached an altitude of 6,648 km (4,130 miles). According to Japan, the missile landed in the East Sea off the Korean Peninsula or about 250 km west of the northern Japanese island of Okushiri.

The United Nations Security Council will hold an open meeting on Thursday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch. This was announced by the United Kingdom, the current president of the Security Council. The meeting was requested by the United States, Albania, France, Japan, Malta, and the United Kingdom.

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