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See the photos from North Korea's recent missile launch

POSTED December 1, 2017 1:39 a.m.
Photos of North Korea's most recent missile launch were released Thursday. The Asian country launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week, causing concern around the world.

Experts told The New York Times that the photos show a major advancement in technology for the Korean nation.

The tweet below shows a handful of photos.

North Korea, while celebrating its self-professed status as a nuclear state, said the recent launch is the country’s most powerful missile to date, according to BBC. Pictures showed North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un celebrating the launch, too.

A video of the launch from North Korean media has also been released.

According to CNN, photos of the missile, known as the Hwasong-15, show a nuclear missile that is wider and larger than the missile North Korea launched earlier this year, which was launched twice over Japan.

"They wanted (to be able) to hit all of the U.S. and they wanted something big to hit it with,” David Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told CNN. "This seems on the surface level to be that missile."

Michael Duitsman, also a research associate at the center, told CNN the missile is big for any country, not just North Korea.

"This isn't just a big missile for North Korea; this is a big missile in general," Duitsman said. "There are not a lot of countries who could build a missile this big and have it work."

Duitsman tweeted out his thoughts on the photos in a thread that includes the images of the missile.

The photos come amid rising tension between the U.S. and North Korea. President Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts about the missile on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, members of the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's test launches, according to USA Today.

"The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it," said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. "And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed."


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