And while Kim clearly stole the show, there’s plenty of footage showing the missile being launched, presumably during Thursday’s test. What’s the big deal with this new missile, the Hwasong-17? For one thing, it’s rumored to be a multi-warhead weapon, meaning that once it’s launched, it can hit multiple targets at once.

It’s also the largest missile North Korea’s ever produced with the most impressive altitude and flight-time ever recorded by the country’s military. The missile flew 671 miles, and reached an altitude of 3,853 miles with an airtime of roughly 71 minutes, according to NK News.

Compare that with the Hwasong-15, which flew in November of 2017 for just 53 minutes, reached a height of 2,780 miles and traveled about 590 miles. North Korea has clearly made quite a number of advances in the past few years.

Gif: KCNA / Gizmodo

The White House denounced the missile test on Thursday, though it should be noted in the interest of fairness that the U.S. regularly shoots its own nuclear-capapble ICBMs from California into the Pacific Ocean. However, a missile launch scheduled for earlier this month was postponed after Russia invaded Ukraine in an effort not to heighten tensions. Again, any misunderstanding between the U.S. and Russia right now could be catastrophic for the entire world.


“This launch is a brazen violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region,” the White House said in a statement published online about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“This action demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people. We urge all countries to hold the DPRK accountable for such violations and call on the DPRK to come to the table for serious negotiations. The door has not closed on diplomacy, but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilizing actions,” the White House continued.


“The United States will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the American homeland and Republic of Korea and Japanese allies.”