North Korea says it tested new solid-fuel long-range missile

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On Friday, North Korea announced that it had successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile utilizing solid propellants.

If confirmed, this development could provide the country with a more difficult-to-detect weapon capable of targeting the continental United States, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency came after neighboring countries detected the launch from an area near Pyongyang.

This test is part of a series of more than 100 missile tests launched into the sea since the beginning of 2022.

According to KCNA, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test, and described the missile, named Hwasong-18, as the most powerful weapon in his nuclear arsenal, capable of enhancing counterattack capabilities in response to external threats posed by the military activities of the United States and its regional allies.

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