In the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, North Korea has decided that it was time for them to share the limelight with Russia. Pyongyang has reportedly completed its first launch and testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) after a four-year moratorium that started last 2017.

North Korean state media said that the launch involved the new Hwasong-17 (Hwasongpho-17) and was conducted under the direct guidance of Kim Jong Un on March 24. Kim said that the launch was necessary as he and his country were preparing for a “long confrontation” with the US and its imperialism, adding that they were ready to contain any military aggression from the US.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un celebrating the successful launch of the Hwasong-17 (BNO News Twitter Account). Source: https://twitter.com/BNONews/status/1507163549755396097
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un celebrating the successful launch of the Hwasong-17 (BNO News (@BNONews) Twitter Account)

The missile was launched from Pyongyang International Airport and flew 681 miles for over an hour. Its highest altitude was reported at 3,905 miles before hitting its targets in waters east of South Korea.

“The new strategic weapon of the DPRK will clearly show the might of our strategic force to the whole world once again. This will be an occasion of confirming the modernity of our strategic force and confidence in the security of the state,” the North Korean leader said.