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North Korea TV airs new ballistic missile launch

STORY: The state media said the country had tested the ICBM on Saturday (February 18) in a "sudden launching drill" that confirmed its readiness for "mobile and mighty counterattack" against hostile forces.

The missile flew 614 miles for 4,015 seconds, up to a maximum altitude of 3,584 miles before accurately hitting a pre-set area in open waters. Hwasong-15 was first tested in 2017, according to the state media.

North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs are banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions, but Pyongyang says its weapons development is necessary to counter "hostile policies" by Washington and its allies.