DPRK test-fires hypersonic missile, KCNA reports

Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korean state media said on Wednesday that the country has conducted a successful test of a hypersonic missile, state media reported, with leader Kim Jong Un attending the launch for the first time in more than a year.

On Tuesday authorities in South Korea and Japan detected the suspected launch, which drew condemnation by authorities in Washington and Tokyo and prompted an expression of concern from the UN secretary-general.

The second test in less than a week underscored Kim‘s New Year’s vow to bolster the military with cutting-edge technology at a time when talks with South Korea and the United States have stalled.

“The superior maneuverability of the hypersonic glide vehicle was more strikingly verified through the final test-fire,” KCNA said.

Kim urged military scientists to “further accelerate the efforts to steadily build up the country’s strategic military muscle both in quality and quantity and further modernize the army,” KCNA added.

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