North Korea Announces New ‘Hwasong-18’ Solid-Fuel ICBM

North Korea has announced that the missile test that was carried out yesterday involved a new solid-fuel ICBM called the “Hwasong-18,” according to state media.

The missile, which prompted evacuation warnings for the Japanese island of Hokkaido, traveled 621 miles (1,000 km) before it landed in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea stated that the ICBM will advance the effectiveness of their nuclear counterattack posture, as solid-fuel missiles do not need to undergo a fueling process before launch. This comes amid increase missile testings by the DPRK since the new year that has also seen simulated nuclear strikes.