On Monday, the United States and five other countries urged North Korea to abandon its…
North Korea claims to have successfully launched a hypersonic missile test.
North Korea announced on Wednesday that the final test-firing of its newly designed hypersonic missile had been “successfully” completed, according to state-run media.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other top government officials attended the Academy of Defense Science’s flight test on Tuesday.
The declaration came a day after the South Korean military said Pyongyang had fired a suspected ballistic missile into the country’s eastern sea.
A hypersonic glide vehicle performed “glide jump flight” and “corkscrew maneuvering” after being released from the rocket booster, according to the news agency, before reaching a target 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away.
It was North Korea’s second test in a week of its ostensibly newly-developed hypersonic missile.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea expressed deep sadness over Tuesday’s launch and urged Pyongyang to respond to its request for dialogue.
“At this critical time to stabilize the political situation surrounding the peninsula, North Korea should choose cooperation for peace over acts that go against efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as the latest missile launches,” a South Korean Unification Ministry official was quoted as saying by the agency.
North Korea declared the development of a hypersonic missile in October of last year.
Hypersonic missiles often travel at speeds of five times the speed of sound, or 6,125 kilometers per hour, leaving adversaries little time to react.