North Korea state-run television KRT, on 15 May, showed footage of the countrys latest ballistic missile launch, called Hwasong-12. Experts agree the missile fired on Sunday (14 May) was a new kind of weapon considerably different the earlier versions of Scud, Nodong, and Musudan. Japan fears the missile launch indicates a big advancement in North Koreas technological capabilities, while experts from 38 North, a US-based North Korean monitoring agency said in its analysis that Hwasong-12 demonstrates Pyongyang is close to fulfilling its ambition of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).