A new intercontinental ballistic missile powered by solid fuel was tested by North Korea, drawing condemnation from the US and South Korea and demands for diplomatic engagement.
North Korea has reportedly tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) using solid fuel instead of liquid propellants, making it harder to detect and faster to launch. The missile was launched from an area near Pyongyang and fell into the water after traveling 1,000 kilometers. The US and South Korea have condemned the test as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and called for North Korea to engage in diplomatic discussions. Japanese officials warned residents to seek shelter during the test, and train, bus and subway services were briefly suspended. The US, South Korea and Japan are discussing stronger efforts to stop North Korea’s funding of its nuclear program.