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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un took part in successful hypersonic missile test



North Korea successfully fired a hypersonic missile, its second test in less than a week. (file)


North Korean state media said on Wednesday that the country had successfully tested a hypersonic missile, marking the first launch in more than a year by leader Kim Jong Un.

On Tuesday, officials in South Korea and Japan detected the suspicious launch, which has been condemned by officials in Washington and Tokyo and concerns from the UN Secretary-General.

It was the second test in less than a week, underlining Kim’s New Year’s resolution to strengthen the military with state-of-the-art technology, at a time when talks with South Korea and the US have stalled.

“The purpose of the test-fire was for the final verification of the overall technical specifications of the developed hypersonic weapon system,” state news agency KCNA reported.

Upon its release from the rocket booster, a hypersonic glide vehicle made a 600 km “glide jump flight” and then a 240 km “water-in-sea” 1,000 km away, the report said.

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

KCNA said Kim urged military scientists to “continue to enhance the country’s strategic military strength, both in quality and quantity, and to accelerate efforts to further modernize the military”.

This was the first time since the start of 2020 that Kim had officially participated in a missile test.

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, posted on Twitter: “Her presence here would suggest a special focus on this event.”

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