North Korea claims to have tested hypersonic missiles with “excellent maneuverability.”

North Korean state media claimed on Tuesday that the country had tested a supersonic missile under the supervision of its leader, Kim Jong Un. ..

The “super-personal gliding bullet” makes a 600-kilometer (375-mile) “re-jump of gliding” and then 240 kilometers (150 miles) before reaching a sea target 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away. I made a maneuver. News agency (KCNA) report..

According to the authoritarian government’s mouthpiece, Kim personally saw the launch of hypersonic missiles and emphasized the need to strengthen the country’s military power, including enhancing the modernity of the military.

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This photo, provided by the North Korean government, monitors North Korean leader Kim Jong Un saying he will test-launch a supersonic missile in North Korea on January 11, 2022. Is shown. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be viewed individually. (Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Agency via AP)

This indicates the second reported missile launch by Pyongyang within a week. North Korea previously claimed to have launched a hypersonic missile on January 5 and achieved its target 700 kilometers (435 miles) away.

South Korea and Japan detected both North Korean missile launches, but it was estimated that the launches included the possibility of ballistic missiles rather than hypersonic missiles.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it had detected a possible ballistic missile launch from the Chagan region into the East Sea around 7:27 am on January 11.

According to JCS, the projectile flew at a maximum altitude of about 60 km, up to 10 times the speed of sound, at least 700 km, and the missile launch was “advanced” from the previous launch.

“Our evaluation [of the projectile] Kyodo News said it was an improved version of the ballistic missile launched on January 5. report..

Ministry of Defense of Japan Said At around 7:25 am on January 11, a “potential ballistic missile” was launched eastward from North Korea. The result of the incident so far.

KCNA confirmed that Pyongyang’s recent missile launches included hypersonic missiles.

Hypersonic weapons can fly toward targets at lower altitudes and achieve more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 km / h (3,850 mph). They are more difficult to intercept than ballistic missiles that fly into space before returning to a steep orbit, and pose a higher threat level.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki blamed the United States for launching North Korean missiles, emphasizing that it violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions and threatened the international community.

“We evaluated the event as not presenting an imminent threat to U.S. personnel, territory, or allies, but the launch was [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]”Illegal Weapons Program” and Pusaki Press conference on Tuesday.

US-led negotiations aimed at promoting denuclearization, including the abandonment of nuclear and ballistic missile weapons, have stagnated since February 2019. Kim and then President Donald Trump were unable to reach an agreement on a dispute over international sanctions against North Korea.

The Biden administration said dialogue with North Korea was always open without preconditions, but authoritarian states negotiated that the United States had “hostile policies” such as military training and sanctions. He previously accused North Korea of ​​having to withdraw. resume.

The United States recently reiterated to North Korea that it had “no hostile intentions.”

Mimi Nguyen Ly and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.