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North Korea releases photos of medium-range ballistic missile test, most powerful test since 2017

means of North Korea distributed today images supposedly taken from the intermediate-range missile (IRBM) that it launched the day before, in what has been its largest demonstration of this type of weaponry since 2017.

The photos, published Monday by the North Korean daily Rodong and the state news agency KCNA, show the missile taking off from a mobile launcher, an aerial view of it and two other images in which the Earth can be seen from the perspective of the projectile.

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The latter “were taken from space by a camera installed in the warhead of the missile” and distributed by the North Korean Academy of Defense and Science, said the regime’s propaganda outlet.

North Korea had already distributed photographs taken from this same perspective in a previous launch carried out in May 2017 with another intermediate-range missile model, the Pukkukksong-2, according to Ankit Panda, a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in his account. Twitter.

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The last weapons test in the North took place with a missile Hwasong-12 and allowed to confirm “the precision, safety and effectiveness” of this projectile, according to KCNA. The projectile traveled 800 kilometers towards the Sea of ​​Japan, called the East Sea in the two Koreas, and would have reached a maximum altitude of 2,000 kilometers without entering the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone or reporting damage, as confirmed by the Japanese government. .

A photo of North Korea’s test of the Hwasong 12-type medium-range ballistic missile over the weekend. (EFE/EPA/KCNA).

In addition to being North Korea’s seventh missile test so far this year, Sunday’s test represents the longest range conducted by the North Korean regime since November 2017, when it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The new test, which like others in recent weeks violates the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, increases the fear that Pyongyang will end the moratorium on intercontinental missiles and nuclear tests that had been imposed in the dialogue process for denuclearization.


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Source: Elcomercio

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