North Korea Kim Jong Un watches hypersonic missile test

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Pyongyang: North Korea says it has conducted another hypersonic missile test, under the watch of its leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the successful test of a hypersonic missile and called on scientists to accelerate efforts to build up the country’s “military muscle”, state media reported on Wednesday.

It is the first time Kim has been shown attending a missile launch in nearly two years.

Japan and South Korea both reported the launch on Tuesday, saying they suspected it was a ballistic missile, which is banned by the United Nations.

Hypersonic missiles were listed among the “top priority” tasks for strategic weapons in the North’s current five-year plan, and it carried out its first test – of the Hwasong-8 – in September 2021.

North Korea joins a small number of countries, including the United States and China, in attempting to develop hypersonic missiles.

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