© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers opening remarks during the 2nd Conference of Secretaries of Primary Committees of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), in this photo released on February 27, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agen
By Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin
SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea said it tested a new, powerful type of intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday, marking an end to a self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing in place since 2017 and drawing international condemnation.
State media said leader Kim Jong Un directly guided the test of the Hwasong-17, a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile that is North Korea’s biggest ever. He said it was key to deterring nuclear war.
It said the missile flew for 1,090 km (681 miles) to a maximum altitude of 6,248.5 km (3,905 miles) and precisely hit a target in…