With a style more typical of T filmop Gun sautéed with touches reminiscent of the famous Gangnam Style From PSY, North Korean state television published a video of the launch of the Hwasong-17, the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that was fired yesterday and is believed to have a range of up to 15,000 kilometers.
The footage was introduced by the famous presenter Ri Chung Hee, in charge of broadcasting the most important news of the regime in recent decades. Dressed in a traditional pink dress, she explained on screen that the Army successfully launched the projectile, which some nickname “the monster” because of its gigantic size, from Sunan International Airport, near the capital, Pyongyang.
Next, with suspenseful background music and slow-motion segments, Kim Jong Un dressed in a black leather jacket and dark sunglasses appears alongside two of the key figures in his missile program: the director of the Academy National Department of Defense Sciences, Jang Chang Ha, and the deputy director of the Department of Machinery, Kim Jong Sik.
Together, they synchronize their watches to get the missile out of the hangar aboard an eleven-axis mobile erector platform. After the countdown, the projectile is shot into space, a moment that causes the rejoicing of the attendees, Kim included.
According to the state agency KCNA, the rocket flew to a maximum height of 6,248 kilometers and covered a distance of 1,090 kilometers before landing precisely in the waters of the Sea of Japan (East Sea on the Korean peninsula), about 150 kilometers from the Hokkaido island coast.
Yesterday’s is the first test of an ICBM since 2017. With its launch, the country withdraws the moratorium that it self-imposed on this type of long-range missile tests in 2018 before entering into talks on its denuclearization with Washington.
His action provoked an immediate wave of repudiation among his neighbors and allies. From neighboring Seoul, President Moon Jae In condemned the shooting “strongly”. Shortly after, the South Korean Army responded to the challenge with military exercises using some of its main missiles. “If necessary, the Army is capable of launching a precision attack against the location of any missile launch and its command system,” Yonhap reported.
From Brussels, where he is participating in the G-7 summit, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described the North Korean test as “reckless” and “unacceptable”, and did not rule out seeking the imposition of new international sanctions. For its part, the White House pointed out that the launch represents “a blatant violation” of UN resolutions and “unnecessarily” increases tension in the area.
The North Korean test comes at a sensitive time in the region, just two weeks after conservative Yoon Suk Yeol won the South Korean presidential election. Unlike his predecessor, a Moon who tried to build bridges with his neighbor, the new president promised a hard-line policy against the North in the campaign, and the transition between the two is fraught with disagreements over national security issues. .
In addition, Pyongyang is preparing a large military parade for April 15 – the 110th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, founder of the regime and grandfather of the current dictator – and joint military exercises between the US and China are expected to begin soon. South Korea, which often infuriate North Korea.