North Korea claims successful test of hypersonic missile

The DPRK said that it has successfully tested a hypersonic missile. It became known on Wednesday, January 12.

“North Korea says it conducted a successful test of a hypersonic missile on Tuesday, led by leader Kim Jong-un,” South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the Korean Central Telegraph Agency (KCNA).

According to North Korea’s statement, the hypersonic missile flew 1,000 kilometers and accurately hit its target.

The DPRK called the launch the final test, it was the second rocket launched by North Korea in a week.

On January 11, North Korea launched an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan. This was presumably a short-range ballistic missile launched from a land-based launcher.

On January 5, North Korea confirmed the hypersonic missile test and estimated its range at 700 kilometers. According to North Korean sources, the projectile “accurately hit the target. On the same morning, it became known that North Korea had launched an unidentified projectile toward the Sea of Japan, presumably a ballistic missile. Japan urgently convened the crisis headquarters of the Prime Minister’s Office.

On the same day, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said there was no damage to national maritime and air vessels from the launch of the suspected ballistic missile by the DPRK. Kishi noted that the ministry is currently continuing to analyze data on the projectile launch.

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