May 23, 2024

North Korea says it launched Hwasong-17 ICBM to counter ‘invasive’ US-ROK drills

State media reports Kim Jong Un and daughter watched launch of DPRK’s largest missile meant to ‘send warning’ to enemies

North Korea launched a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Pyongyang International Airport on Thursday as a direct response to “provocative and invasive large-scale drills by the U.S. and south Korea" this week, according to state media.

The Rodong Sinmun reported Friday that leader Kim Jong Un watched the launch of the country’s largest nuclear missile with his daughter, and that it was meant to “send a warning” to Washington and Seoul to halt their exercises.

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