North Korea creates new holiday to mark ICBM test launch

SpaceWar.com reports: “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…”

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