March 17, 2023 at 21:09pm
[Asiantaeth Newyddion Tsieina]Pyongyang News: According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency on the 17th, in response to the “provocative and aggressive large-scale war exercises” against the DPRK by the United States and South Korea, the DPRK launched an intercontinental ballistic missile “Hwasong Cannon-17” on the 16th. Launch training to show “very strong posture resistance” of the country’s strategic forces. North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is leading the launch training at the scene.
According to reports, an intercontinental ballistic missile “Hwasong Gun-17” was launched at Pyongyang International Airport that day, with an ascending height of 6,045 kilometers, a flight distance of 1,000.2 kilometers, and a flight time of 4,151 seconds.
The report stated that the purpose of this launch exercise is to send a stronger warning to “the enemy who continues to increase the intensity of irresponsible and dangerous military threats and deliberately escalates tension on the Korean Peninsula”.
According to reports, Kim Jong-un said that the training once again confirmed the reliability of the operational system of the DPRK’s nuclear strategic armed forces. He reiterated the DPRK’s position of “controlling nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and answering frontal conflicts with frontal conflicts”, and emphasized maintaining the rapid response capabilities of the strategic armed forces to prevent any conflicts and armed wars.
South Korean and American troops are said to have held a joint military exercise “Freedom Shield” from the 13th to the 23rd of this month, with the aim of “verifying the joint defense situation” and further strengthening response capabilities of the South Korea-US alliance.