Slick Kim Jong-Un dons leather jacket in bizarre missile launch propaganda footage – Reuters

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The massive new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), dubbed the Hwasong-17, was launched on Thursday and now North Korea has released footage showing military officials cheering moments after

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North Koreans applaud missile launch in bizarre propaganda film

Footage released by North Korea shows the moment the country’s military officials count down from 10 before launching a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Dubbed the Hwasong-17, the missile is capable of hitting targets in most parts of the globe, including the United States.

It was the first full ICBM test by nuclear-armed North Korea since 2017, and leader Kim Jong-Un said it was designed to demonstrate the power of its nuclear force and deter action. American military.

Edited footage released by North Korea shows Kim exiting a warehouse alongside two military officials shortly before the missile was fired.

The North Korean leader, dressed in black pants, a black coat and black sunglasses, can be seen pointing in directions in front of him, while footage has been slowed down to make it look like he idling.







Kim Jong Un alongside two military officials in propaganda footage
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The missile is transported behind it on a mobile road launcher. Footage then cuts to Kim and military officials looking at their watches, while listening to suspenseful music in the background.

Kim then takes off her glasses and nods, as if to give the order to launch the missile.

In separate footage, dozens of military officials can be seen and heard counting down from 10 before the missile was launched, before they all shouted as if to give the order to fire. An official then presses a button, apparently to launch the missile.







North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the launch of the massive new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
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Afterwards, many can be seen cheering and jumping for joy as they celebrate the launch.

The Hwasong-17 is the largest liquid-fueled missile ever launched by a country from a road-mobile launcher, analysts said. Flight data indicated the missile flew higher and longer than any of North Korea’s previous tests, before crashing into the sea west of Japan.

Kim ordered the test because of “the daily escalation of military tensions in and around the Korean Peninsula” and “the inevitability of the longstanding confrontation with the US imperialists accompanied by the danger of nuclear war”, the official KCNA news agency reported.







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“The DPRK (North Korea) strategic forces are fully ready to curb and completely contain any dangerous military attempt by the US imperialists,” Kim said while personally overseeing the launch, according to KCNA.

The Hwasong-17 flew 681 miles to a maximum altitude of 3,905 miles and precisely hit a target at sea, KCNA reported. These figures are similar to data reported by Japan and South Korea.

Unlike all of North Korea’s previous ICBM tests, the Hwasong-17 was launched directly from an erector-launcher (TEL) transport vehicle, state media photos showed.







The missile is capable of hitting targets in most parts of the globe, including the United States
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The Hwasong-17’s diameter is estimated at 2.4 to 2.5 meters, and its total mass, when fully fueled, is likely between 80,000 and 110,000 kg, according to 38 North, a US-based program. United States which monitors North Korea.

Its size has prompted analysts to speculate that it will be designed to carry multiple warheads and decoys to better penetrate missile defenses.

“Since there are no good targets further out, this missile is likely to carry more weight – in the form of multiple nuclear warheads,” said Melissa Hanham, a researcher at the Center for International Security and Cooperation ( CISAC) from Stanford University in California. .







North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said the Hwasong-17 was designed to demonstrate the power of its nuclear force and deter US military action.
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“This makes US ballistic missile defense even more difficult to achieve.”

US officials have predicted such advances and last year selected Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to compete to build a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) designed to shoot down missiles from “rogue nations” like North Korea and the United States. Iran, said Thomas Karako, the director. of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“This (new missile) gives North Korea more options,” he said, noting that the longer range could also allow it to be fired at the United States using flight paths. more indirect, which could confuse defenders.

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