This picture taken on April 13, 2023 and released by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s Korean Central News Agency shows the test-fire of the new Hwasongpho-18 ICBM at an undisclosed location in the DPRK. (STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)
NEW YORK – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea test-fired a new-type intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasongpho-18, on Thursday local time, the Korean Central News Agency reported Friday.
Kim Jong-un, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs of the DPRK, "guided the first test-fire of the new-type ICBM on the spot," according to the report.
"The aim of the test-fire was to confirm the performance of the high-thrust solid-fuel engines for multi-stage missiles and the reliability of the stage-jettisoning technology and various functional control systems and to estimate the military feasibility of the new strategic weapon system," KCNA said.
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"The test-fire confirmed that all the parameters of the new strategic weapon system fully met the requirements of the design in terms of accuracy, providing guarantee and creditability that the new-type ICBM would serve as a powerful strategic attack means of greater military efficiency," the news agency reported.