Kim Jong-un, dressed in leather, confirms the launch of a “new type of ICBM”

North Korean government media confirmed on Friday that Communist dictator Kim Jong-un had tested a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is described as a direct threat to the United States and the latest addition to the ‘State nuclear force’.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a government agency, released photos and a video of Kim Jong-un wearing a leather jacket and surrounded by cheerful soldiers. Several of Kim’s images show the dictator walking past what appears to be the missile itself, with footage the Reuters news agency compared to the US film Superior gun. State television released a video, apparently edited for slow motion, showing Kim walking past the missile as dramatic music played for effect:

The status log Rodong Sinmoun declared the launch of the missile, which the South Korean military confirmed on Thursday, a resounding success. Footage released to state media showed Kim smiling before cheering on the soldiers:

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North Korea has no independent media, and the Kim regime treats the consumption of any non-state-produced content as a crime, often punishable by death.

“The missile, launched at Pyongyang International Airport, traveled to a maximum altitude of 6,248.5 km and covered a distance of 1,090 km for 4,052 seconds before accurately hitting the predefined area in the open waters of Korea’s East Sea,” according to the state-run newspaper.

Rodong Sinmoun suggested that the missile, which he identified as “a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasongpho-17”, would be part of a “plan to strengthen the state’s nuclear force” and would “perform in a manner honorable of its mission and duty as a powerful nuclear war deterrent to bring nuclear war threats and challenges against the DPRK under strict control [North Korea].”

the Rodong Sinmoun The description of the missile’s development and launch included enthusiastic praise for Kim’s “deep insight” and alleged self-help in creating the weapon. The propaganda outlet has also repeatedly identified America as the missile’s primary target.

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“With its profound insight into the ever-changing international political situation, the root cause of the daily escalation of military tensions in and around the Korean Peninsula,” the newspaper asserted, “and the long-term requirement of our revolution which stems from the inevitable long-standing confrontation with the US imperialists accompanied by the danger of nuclear war, the Secretary General introduced the Juche-oriented defense development strategy and the policy of sustainably strengthening war deterrence nuclear energy during the historic 8th congress of the WPK.

Rodong Sinmoun claimed that Kim personally led the “organization and direction of critical efforts to build national defense capabilities” to create the missile and “provided detailed advice and instruction almost daily.” Kim reportedly earned a degree in physics from Kim Il-sung University, though much of his personal life and expertise is not publicly known.

North Korean state media claimed that Kim, following the missile test, made it clear that its development was intended as a threat to America.

“He said that all forces should be well aware of the fact that they will have to pay a very high price before they dare to attempt to undermine the security of our country,” according to Rodong Sinmoun. “He stressed that our national defense forces would possess formidable military and technical capabilities, undisturbed by any military threat and blackmail, and would stand fully ready for a long-standing confrontation with the US imperialists.”

“He affirmed that the DPRK’s strategic forces are fully ready to curb and completely contain any dangerous military attempts by the US imperialists,” the newspaper concluded.

The return to ICBM testing, which Kim had refrained from since at least 2017, coincides with the election of a new president in South Korea, who has promised to end the current policy of concessions and silence. President Moon Jae-in facing the North. the litany of human rights violations committed by Korea against its own people. President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol of the conservative People’s Power Party claimed during his campaign that he would align his policies more closely with those of the United States. In comments to the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo On Wednesday, an unnamed source from ‘the presidential transition team’ said Yoon would ‘not offer carrots’ to North Korea without concessions to the South and that Yoon would not ‘keep silent’ in the face of rights abuses. of man.

As president, Moon met Kim several times and visited North Korea, an unprecedented event. He also notoriously invited a large North Korean delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics – held in PyeongChang, South Korea – and opened a joint liaison office to facilitate communication between the two countries. North Korea responded to the concessions by bombing the office in 2020.

In a statement released by the presidential office, Moon deplored this week’s missile test as a “flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a serious threat to the Korean Peninsula and the international community.”

“By conducting this latest test, the North has essentially reversed the moratorium on ICBM testing promised by leader Kim Jong-un to the international community,” Moon reportedly said.

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