North Korea Says Successfully Tested Hypersonic Missile

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HANDOUT - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch from a site near the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Two missiles tested by North Korea on Thursday were a
HANDOUT - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch from a site near the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Two missiles tested by North Korea on Thursday were a "new-type [of] tactical guided weapon" and their launch was meant to send a "solemn warning" to Seoul, the country's state-run news agency KCNA has reported. Photo: -/KCNA/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full

North Korea tested a hypersonic missile, its warhead hit the target at a distance of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, watched the test, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, reported.

Earlier reports said North Korea early on Tuesday fired one presumably ballistic missile from the interior of the country towards the Sea of Japan. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea officially stated the missile flew at least 700 kilometers, and the highest speed was Mach 10 with the highest flight altitude of 60 kilometers. According to the South Korean military, this projectile is more advanced, but the JCS has so far refused to confirm whether it was a hypersonic missile.

This is the second arms test conducted by North Korea this year. The previous launch took place on January 5. Later, North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), reported that it had tested a supersonic missile that flew 700 kilometers and precisely hit the target.

The South Korean military then said the projectile fired on January 5 flew less than 700 kilometers with the maximum speed of Mach 6 at an altitude of less than 50 km.

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