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North Korea Successfully Tests a New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, and Kim Promises Nuclear Defence

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The 19th of November (UPI) — North Korea successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Saturday, as leader Kim Jong Un vowed that any nuclear threats would be met with nuclear weapons.

According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim vowed that “if the enemies continue to pose threats… our party and government will resolutely respond to nukes with nuclear weapons and total confrontation with all-out confrontation.”

According to KCNA, the Hwasong-17 missile flew for 1 hour and 9 minutes and traveled 999.2 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 6,040.9 kilometers.

Kim stated that the test was conducted in response to threats from the US and its allies, who are pursuing a hostile “extended deterrence” policy that includes South Korea and Japan.

The more the Western allies extend their war games, the more offensive North Korea’s military response will be, according to KCNA. The launch was also significant for featuring Kim and his daughter. It’s the first time she’s been seen in public, putting an end to conjecture about her whereabouts.

Following the missile test, Japan and South Korea conducted separate air exercises with the US. South Korean and American bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday, according to Kyodo News.

According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, the bombers also participated in a joint exercise with F-2 fighter jets from Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force northwest of the Japanese island of Kyushu.

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