Korea test-fires new hypersonic missile

57 Korea test-fires new hypersonic missile

The launch was Pyongyang’s first weapons check this yr amid rising tensions with Seoul

North Korea has examined a solid-fuel ballistic missile armed with a hypersonic warhead, the Korean Central Telegraphic Company (KCTA) reported on Monday.

The launch was carried out amid rising tensions with Pyongyang’s southern neighbor, as Seoul has lately carried out navy drills with the US close to the North’s border.

“On January 14, the Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea’s [DPRK] Missile Basic Bureau carried out a check launch of a solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile with a hypersonic maneuverable warhead,” the KCTA mentioned, including that the launch was profitable.

The check launch had no influence on the safety of neighboring nations and had nothing to do with the “regional scenario,” based on the information company.

Final week, North Korean chief Kim Jong-un accused Seoul of being “most hostile” and of making an attempt to overthrow the management in Pyongyang.

South Korea had earlier ordered the evacuation of a few of its border islands as North Korea carried out live-fire drills close to their unstable maritime border. The maneuvers got here shortly after joint US-South Korean drills within the area, which the North referred to as “reckless.”

Seoul’s Protection Ministry condemned the latest launch, saying South Korea would supply an “overwhelming response” if the North commits a “direct provocation.”

The ministry additionally famous that as a part of joint efforts to counter Pyongyang’s navy threats, Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo are exchanging real-time information on the North’s missiles. Pyongyang carried out a collection of weapons checks in 2023, together with its first solid-fuel ICBM.

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