North Korea claims it successfully tested new ‘HYPERSONIC’ missile system – state media

Pyongyang has fired off a newly developed “hypersonic missile” off its east coast, North Korean state media reported, claiming the system’s inaugural test was a success, as Seoul confirmed a launch took place. 

“In the first test launch, defense scientists confirmed the flight maneuverability and stability of the missile,” North Korea’s state-run Rodong Sinmun news outlet reported on Wednesday, noting that Park Jeong-cheon, a high ranking member of the politburo for the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, observed the test alongside defense officials. The test took place the day prior, on September 28.

As a result of the test, all the technical indicators that were intended were satisfied with the design requirements. 

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also reported the launch of a “short-range” projectile on Wednesday, according to Yonhap News. The munition was fired from the north's Mupyong-ri in Jagang province around 6:40am local time and landed in the East Sea, the military said, adding that Seoul is working with the US intelligence community to analyze the launch.


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