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Fact check: No, North Korea does not launch “monster missile”

 

North Korea has not launched what it claims is the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile, which analysts call a “monster rocket,” according to the South Korean military, which adds that the intercontinental ballistic missile Pyongyang actually tested in 2017.

On March 25, North Korea announced that it had launched its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17.

This “monster rocket” was first exposed in October 2020, at a military parade in Pyongyang.

However, the South Korean Ministry of Defense said that Seoul and Washington were able to determine that the missile fired was in fact a Hwasong-15, tested in 2017.

Pyongyang’s false information is an attempt to cover up the failure of the March 16 rocket launch.

Analysts believe the rocket fired that day was a Hwasong-17, but exploded shortly after launch.

Both types of intercontinental ballistic missiles could theoretically reach the American continent.

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