North Korea announced the launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could “target the entire area of mainland United States,” during a televised governmental broadcast on Wednesday. Footage showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hand-signing an order to fire the ICBM missile, called Hwasong-15 and described as its “strongest.” North Korea said the missile was... Еще “tactically and technically far more superior” to its predecessor the Hwasong-14, which was tested twice in July. North Korea stated the Hwasong-15 could reach mainland US carrying a «super-huge nuclear warhead.» The missile, North Korea’s first test in 75 days, was fired on a steep trajectory and flew for 53 minutes, North Korea said. It reached an altitude of 4,475 km (2,780 miles) and flew 950 km (590 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s exclusive economic zone. After Wednesday’s launch, Kim Jong-un announced that with the Hwasong-15 North Korea had “finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.” North Korea said that its strategic weapons development was solely aimed at “protecting the nation’s sovereignty” and countering US threats, adding “if they do not violate our rights and interests, the strategic weapons development will not be a threat to any country or region.” The launch was the first since September 15, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese island Hokkaido, eventually falling into the Pacific Ocean.