Tuesday, January 18, 2022

North Korea says it tested hypersonic missile

North Korea says it has conducted another hypersonic missile test, under the watch of its leader Kim Jong-un.

The media said the missile fired on Tuesday had successfully made a turn before hitting its target in the sea some 1,000km (621 miles) away.

The report by North Korean state media on Wednesday came a day after the militaries of the United States, South Korea and Japan said they detected North Korea firing a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern sea.

The launch involved a hypersonic glide vehicle, which after its release from the rocket booster demonstrated “glide jump flight” and “corkscrew maneuvering” before hitting a sea target 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away.

The photos released by the agency showed a missile mounted with a pointed cone-shaped payload soaring into the sky while leaving a trail of orange flames.

In other photos, Kim was seen watching the launch from a small cabin with top officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong.

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