SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea says North Korea fired an unidentified projectile but Wednesday’s launch appears to have ended in failure.
The launch was carried out from the Pyongyang area around 9:30 a.m. before the apparent failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding that South Korean and US intelligence officials were analyzing detailed analysis of the launch.
North Korea is expected to soon fire an intercontinental ballistic missile in its most significant provocation since 2017.
The US and South Korean militaries said last week that North Korea had tested an ICBM system in two recent launches, a reference to the developing Hwasong-17 missile that the North showed off during a military parade in October. 2020.
In the two recent launches on February 27 and March 5, North Korea’s missiles flew at medium ranges, and experts say the North could finally conduct a full-range ICBM test.
North Korea says it tested cameras and other systems for a spy satellite and released what it said were space photographs during those tests, but it did not confirm the missile or the missile’s name. the fire they launched.
Experts say North Korea aims to boost its ICBM capabilities while trying to put its first spy satellite into orbit. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to acquire an improved ICBM and a spy satellite among a range of sophisticated weapons systems he says he needs to deal with what he calls US hostility.
The Hwasong-17 is North Korea’s largest missile, capable of flying up to 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles), far enough to strike anywhere in the US and beyond. The 25-meter missile, which was displayed again at a defense exhibition in Pyongyang last year, has yet to be tested.
North Korea demonstrated its potential to reach the US mainland by test-flying other ICBMs, the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15, in 2017. Some analysts have suggested that developing a larger missile could have It could mean that the country is trying to acquire long-range weapons. Weapons with multiple warheads to bypass missile defenses.
In recent months, North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests, with experts saying it is an effort to modernize its arsenal and put pressure on the Biden administration as denuclearization talks continue. except the kernel is still stalled.