(PYONGYANG, N.K.) KCNA REPORT: North Korea claims to have fired a ‘hypersonic’ ballistic missile that successfully hit its target #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.07: The launch on Wednesday was the secretive state’s first since October and was detected by several militaries in the region, drawing condemnation from the United States, South Korea and Japan.

#AceDailyNews says according to KCNA News Report: North Korea tests ‘hypersonic’ missile that flies ‘five times speed of sound’ according to MetroUK by Thursday 6 Jan 2022 12:11 pm

North Korea tests 'hypersonic' missile that flies 'five times speed of sound'
A view of what state news agency KCNA reports is the test firing of a hypersonic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea (Picture: Reuters)

Hypersonic weapons usually fly towards targets at lower altitudes, rather than up into space and back down on steep trajectories, and can achieve more than five times the speed of sound – or about 3,850mph.

News agency KNCA reported: ‘The successive successes in the test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernising strategic armed force of the state.’

It said the ‘hypersonic gliding warhead’ detached from its rocket booster and manoeuvred 75 miles laterally before it ‘precisely hit’ a target 430 miles away.

While it has not tested nuclear bombs or long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) since 2017, analysts say North Korea has in recent years developed and launched a range of more manoeuvrable missiles and warheads likely aimed at being able to overcome missile defences such as those wielded by South Korea and the US.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (Picture: STR/KCNA Via KNS/AFP via Getty)

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: ‘My impression is that the North Koreans have identified hypersonic gliders as a potentially useful qualitative means to cope with missile defence.’

Hypersonic weapons are considered the next generation of arms that aim to rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms.

Photos of the missile used in Wednesday’s test show what analysts said is a liquid-fueled ballistic missile with a conical-shaped Manoeuvrable Reentry Vehicle (MaRV) blasting off from a wheeled launch vehicle in a cloud of flame and smoke.

It is a different version than the weapon tested last year, and was first unveiled at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang in October, Mr Panda said.

People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. North Korea said Thursday it has successfully launched a hypersonic missile as part of efforts to modernize its strategic weapons systems, days after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his military forces despite pandemic-related difficulties. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea’s missile launch during a news programme (Picture: AP)

In a call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the launch.

The US State Department said they also discussed cooperation to achieve complete denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Talks aimed at persuading North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal have been stalled since a series of summits between leader Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump broke down with no agreement.

Joe Biden’s administration has said it is open to renewed talks, but Pyongyang has said US overtures are empty rhetoric without more substantive changes to ‘hostile policies’ such as military drills and sanctions.

The latest test came just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line he hopes will eventually connect the divided Korean peninsula, casting doubts over his hopes for an eleventh-hour diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea before his five-year term ends in May.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jan.07: 2022:

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