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North Korea faked a “successful” launch of its most powerful long-range missile to shore up domestic support for Kim Jong Un’s regime after the real test ended in failure, analysts have said.

State media trumpeted the “miraculous” launch of what it claimed was a new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on March 24, publishing dramatic photos and video of leader Kim personally overseeing the test.

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