North Korea Says It Test-Fired New ‘Hypersonic Missile’

North Korea claimed on Sept. 29 that it successfully test-fired a new hypersonic missile a day earlier as part of a plan to boost the country’s defense system.

The Academy of Defense Science in North Korea conducted a test-launch of a newly developed missile called Hwasong-8 in Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province as one of the country’s top priorities of a five-year military development plan, state media Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

According to KCNA, the development of the missile was of “great strategic significance” to increase the country’s self-defense system “in every way.”

Without disclosing the speed and distance of the tested missile, KCNA said that the test  launch confirmed the “navigational control and stability of the missile.”

KCNA added that the test results showed that “all the technical specifications met the design requirements.”

KCNA did not say if the weapon was a ballistic missile, but a Japanese Defense Ministry spokesperson told AFP News that it “appears to be a ballistic missile.”

The recent test-launch marked the third for this month alone and the sixth for known major weapons this year.

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