What do we know about North Korea's monster missile?

As the war continues in Ukraine, North Korea has decided to launch a test missile, which was met with failure. Kim Jong-un would have a ‘monster’ missile ready.

For years now North Korea’s test missile launches have been worrying international leaders. Tensions have been rising ever since the war ended in 1953. Recently, Kim Jong-un has launched a missile that ended in a failure and it is believed that missile debris fell in the country’s capital Pyongyang. He is armed with another missile dubbed ‘the monster’ and is dreaded by military experts.

The North Korean military race

Ever since Kim Jong-un became the leader of North Korea, he has been trying to strengthen his military arsenal and wishes to become a major power. This race is worrying military leaders worldwide. Deemed a dictator, the North Korean leader appears to be ignoring international recommendations and is pursuing his military programme.

Global intelligence services captured another ballistic test in North Korea on Wednesday, but it failed just after its launch. As reported by Reuters, the device exploded shortly after its launch and debris fell back into the capital Pyongyang.

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North Korea's 'monster' missile

This was a test to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Hwasong-17 missile, known as 'the monster'. This North Korean missile could carry several warheads on it. It was presented to the population in October 2020 recalls France 24. It would be ‘much larger’ than its predecessor, the Hwasong-15.

The 'monster', according to Reuters, would be the largest intercontinental missile in the world and its diameter would reach 2.4 m and weigh between 80,000 and 110,000 kg. It is transported by an 11-axle truck.

This article has been translated from Gentside FR.

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