December 2, 2021, 10:05 am
International Desk /
North Korea claims successful test of ‘hypersonic’ missile The country’s state-run news agency KCNA made the claim on Wednesday.
This is the latest advance in nuclear-armed North Korea’s nuclear technology, which seeks to increase its defense capabilities a thousandfold, according to a report by the AFP news agency.
The country’s state news agency described Tuesday’s launch as “of great strategic significance”.
North Korea has named the missile Hasang-8.
The KCNA said on Wednesday that the Hasang-8 was one of the “five most important” new weapons systems in its five-year military development plan.
KCNA further said that the development of this weapon system has enhanced the nation’s self-defense capability in all respects.
Tuesday’s launch is another indication that North Korea’s weapons technology is on the rise, despite tougher sanctions. North Korea test-fired its third missile this month.
Hypersonic missiles are much faster and faster than ordinary missiles. As a result, intercepting these missiles becomes much more difficult for any missile defense system.
After a meeting in January, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that scientists were “finishing research” on the development of hypersonic gliding warheads. Tuesday was the first test of this new method.
Meanwhile, the United States has repeatedly called on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. At the same time, the country is urging Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has condemned Tuesday’s launch as a violation of sanctions and said the test was a threat to the international community.
But North Korea has shown no interest in abandoning tests of new weapons development. The reason, the country says, is that they need to defend themselves against US aggression.