North Korea confirms that this Saturday’s launch was an intercontinental missile

The North Korean government has confirmed this Saturday that the projectile launched a few hours ago is an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to a statement released by the country’s official news agency, KCNA.

The missile is a Hwasong-15 model and was activated in what the KCNA has described as a "surprise test"according to information collected in turn by the official North Korean news agency Yonhap.

The projectile, according to North Korea, was fired from the Pyongyang airport and flew 989 kilometers in an hour. "before accurately hitting a defined area within the open waters of the East Sea"in reference to the Sea of ​​Japan, in what is the first launch of a missile of these characteristics in more than a month.

The launch has been, according to KCNA, a "actual test" of the constant efforts of the "strategic nuclear force" from North Korea to convert "its ability to make a fatal nuclear counterattack against hostile forces an irresistible force, as well as a guarantee and clear proof of the sure reliability of its nuclear deterrent capability".

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