News

Korea creates new holiday to mark ICBM test launch

By AFP

November 5, 2023 09:52 AM


Korea creates new holiday to mark ICBM test launch

(FILES) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, walks around what a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the launcher at an undisclosed location in North Korea on March 24, 2022.

North Korea has created a new holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the successful test launch of its Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile last year, state media reported Sunday.

On November 18, 2022, Pyongyang carried out what is believed to be the first full flight test of the Hwasong-17 -- dubbed the "monster missile" by analysts.

The North's Korean Central News Agency said on Sunday that the anniversary had been designated as a holiday at a meeting of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

"The establishment of Missile Industry Day marks a special event in our sacred journey of national defence development," KCNA said.

With the launch, it added, North Korea had "demonstrated to the world the majesty of a world-class nuclear power and the nation with the strongest intercontinental ballistic missile".

North Korea often carries out major weapons tests on key holidays, and Seoul's spy agency said last week that the country was in the final stages of preparing for a third launch of a military reconnaissance satellite.

After a failed second attempt in August, Pyongyang said it would carry out the third launch in October, though it never materialised.

Analysts have said there is significant technological overlap between space launch capabilities and the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, from which Pyongyang is banned under multiple UN sanctions.

North Korea has conducted a record number of missile tests this year, ignoring warnings from the United States, South Korea and their allies.

In September, Pyongyang enshrined its status as a nuclear power in its constitution, with leader Kim Jong Un calling for more modern atomic weapons to counter perceived threats from the United States.


AFP


Most Read

  1. Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow
  2. Bilal Abbas and Sarah Khan's 'Abdullahpur Ka Devdas' on YouTube from March 1 Bilal Abbas and Sarah Khan's 'Abdullahpur Ka Devdas' on YouTube from March 1
  3. Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore
  4. CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers CM Maryam slaps total ban on postings and transfers
  5. COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty
  6. Dananeer Mobeen's heartbreak video faces criticism Dananeer Mobeen's heartbreak video faces criticism

Opinion

  1. Literate the Religious Illiterate
    Literate the Religious Illiterate

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir