Ballistic Missile Crashes in Sea of Japan

North Korea fired a Hwasong-17 ballistic test missile into the Sea of Japan on March 24.

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North Korea fired a Hwasong-17 ballistic test missile into the Sea of Japan on March 24.

On March 24, North Korea shot a Ballistic missile from the Pyongyang airport into the Sea of Japan.

The missile, a Hwasong-17, is a nuclear warhead capable of traveling 9,300 miles.  A range that means it could reach New York or anywhere in the United States.

The Hwasong-17 missile is 90 feet long and 10 feet wide, weighing up to 330,000 pounds when fully fueled. The ballistic missile fired was launched from an 11-axle transporter trailer. The Hwasong-17 uses a 2 RD-250 type rocket engine.   It has a high, arching trajectory, first powered and guided by the rocket-powered engine, then falls under gravity onto its target.

The missile test was an alarming show of force to North Korean enemies. Considering the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, it is feared that it could increase world tensions since North Korea is a Russian ally.  The fear is that anyone that messes with Russia could prompt North Korea to use forces like the warheads they have stored.