Jan 31, 2022 - World

North Korea's military launches longest-range missile since 2017

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 30.
People watch a broadcast on Sunday of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP

North Korean state media announced its military launched a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile into the sea Sunday — which the Japanese and South Korean militaries estimated reached a maximum altitude of roughly 1,200 miles and traveled nearly 500 miles.

Why it matters: The seventh missile test that North Korea's military has conducted this month marks the first time a "nuclear-capable missile" that size with such a large range has launched since 2017, per Reuters.

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