North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended "successful" hypersonic missile test
This is the third reported test of a hypersonic missile by North Korea, which can evade detection for longer than ballistic missiles.
New Delhi: North Korea is continuously testing the missile, bypassing the concerns of many countries of the world. It has conducted the second suspected missile test within the last 6 days. North Korea has said that it has conducted another hypersonic missile test under the supervision of its leader Kim Jong-un.
State news agency KCNA said Tuesday's missile fired "precisely" hit a target about 1,000 km (621 miles) away. This is the third reported test of a hypersonic missile by North Korea, which can evade detection for longer than ballistic missiles.
Kim Jong Un oversaw hypersonic missile test:
In a bid to bolster Pyongyang's security, ruler Kim Jong Un has conducted two tests within a week after he was sworn in in a New Year's speech. South Korea and Japan both traced Tuesday's launch, saying a missile had been fired from North Korea into the sea.
North Korea fired another suspected ballistic missile last week after testing the missile and declaring it to be successful. However, in the United Nations meeting a day earlier, 6 countries, including the US, criticized the previous test. Officials in neighboring South Korea as well as Japan and the US have condemned the test, saying it threatens to create instability in the region.
The KCNA news agency later claimed the test was a hypersonic missile, which it described as "improved maneuverability".
According to news website BBC, North Korea had earlier said that it had successfully tested a hypersonic missile on 5 January. The move was condemned by countries including the US, Britain and France, who urged Pyongyang to stop its "destructive actions".
Photos shared by state media show Kim Jong Un watching the trial with officials. According to reports, for the first time since March 2020, he has officially participated in the missile launch. Chad O'Carroll, chief executive of Korea Risk Group, which oversees North Korea, told Reuters news agency: "Kim Un may have participated in other tests, perhaps informally, in the interim, on (North Korean newspaper) Rodong Sinmun." Presence and its Page One feature is important."
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