- The South Korean defense ministry has determined that North Korea’s recent launch of their most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date was staged.
- The ministry found that what was previously thought to have been a Hwasong-17 missile was actually a Hwasong-15, a smaller ICBM previously tested in November 2017.
- Their analysis was based on the missile’s combustion, acceleration and stage separation times. They also found that the ICBM had only two engine nozzles as compared to the Hwasong-17, which is known to have four nozzles.
- South Korean lawmaker Ha Tae-keung believes the launch was likely staged to make up for a failed test of the real Hwasong-17, which exploded after its liftoff from the North Korean capital on March 16.
South Korean officials said today that North Korea’s recent launch of their most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date was staged using an older missile.
The purported launching of a Hwasong-17 missile on March 24 also came with a Hollywood-style propaganda film of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un overseeing its “success.”
- North Korea’s Hwasong-17 missile launch featured a dramatic action movie-like video of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and his military officials as they oversaw its success.
- The 15-minute segment, which was aired on state television, featured the North Korean leader and military officials walking in slow-motion with the missile behind them.
- Kim was also seen removing his black sunglasses and checking his watch in slow-motion before the video showed enchanting shots of the Hwasong-17 missile.
North Korea’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch yet featured a dramatic, Hollywood-style film of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and his military officials as they oversaw its success.
The 15-minute segment was aired on state television on Friday afternoon to highlight the importance of the launch for Kim. The stylized action movie-like video featured the North Korean leader and military officials walking in slow-motion with the missile behind them.
Several Japanese workplaces reportedly texted their employees to get to work soon after the North Korean missile passed through the country’s airspace.
On Tuesday, North Korea had tested yet another Intermediate-range Missile that overflew Hokkaido, Japan, which triggered the country’s missile siren and sent out a J-Alert message that advised everyone to seek shelter, The Guardian reported.