North Korea says it tested "most powerful" missile to date

World 10:28 14.04.2023
North Korea says it tested a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile - its "most powerful" missile to date.
 
Ednews informs via BBC that state media hailed Thursday's launch, which led to a brief evacuation order in Japan, a "miraculous success".
 
Solid-fuel missiles can be fired more quickly than liquid-fuel ones, making them harder to intercept. But analysts say they are not without downsides.
 
South Korea maintains that the North will need more time to develop a fully operational solid-fuel ICBM.
 
This is the first time the North has test-fired a solid-fuel ICBM after years of testing solid-fuel short-range missiles. It has tested various ICBMs, but these were powered by liquid propellants, which must be fuelled directly ahead of launch - a process that can take hours.
 
Experts describe this is a breakthrough in Pyongyang's weapons programme, as solid-fuel ICBMs come ready-fuelled, and would therefore enable North Korea to strike the US with far less warning.
 
South Korea's Defence Ministry on Friday said the technology is not new, and described North Korea's test on Thursday as a "middle step" in developing a full-fledged solid-fuel ICBM system.
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who supervised the test with his daughter, wife, and sister, reportedly said the test would make rivals "suffer from extreme fear and anxiety".
 
He also said the test-fired weapon, known as the Hwasong-18, supports the North's aggressive military strategy.
 
Thursday morning's launch was primarily aimed at "confirming the performance of the high-thrust solid-propellant multistage motors, the stage separation technology and the reliability of various functional control systems", the state's Korean Central News Agency said in its report on Friday.
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