North Korea claims to have tested hypersonic missiles

North Korea claims to have tested hypersonic missiles

Updated Jan 6th 2022 at 9:21am

  • The Communist regime in North Korea has claimed to have launched a hypersonic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan – for the second time in four months.
  • Such missiles would be capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

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self-proclaimed nuclear power North Korea According to its information, once again the hypersonic missile has been successfully tested. The missile hit a predetermined target 700 km away during a test run by the Defense Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, state media reported on Thursday.

As with previous successes in testing hypersonic missiles, it is of “strategic importance”. Hypersonic describes a speed more than five times the speed of sound, i.e. about 6180 kilometers per hour. So it is difficult to stop these types of weapons.

Second test in four months

If Pyongyang’s report is confirmed, this would be North Korea’s second test of such a missile in four months. According to North Korean media reports at the time, the country had the Hwasong-8 hypersonic missile. expelled from northern Chagang province,

Neighboring countries of South Korea and Japan announced on Wednesday that North Korea Perhaps a ballistic test missile was fired in the Sea of ​​Japan, No more detailed information was given. United Nations resolutions ban North Korea from testing missiles that, depending on their design, could carry nuclear weapons. Like ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles can potentially carry nuclear warheads.

negotiating stall

The politically isolated leadership in Pyongyang, led by President Kim Jong-un, has for years been promoting the development of missiles that could not only hit South Korea and Japan, but could also carry nuclear weapons to the United States. Is.

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The country has declared itself a nuclear power. In light of talks over its nuclear weapons program, however, its position is being kept open. US talks with North Korea have made no progress for almost three years. (dpa/fab)
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The most recent downing is likely to spark tensions on the peninsula and stalled denuclearization talks with the US.

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