North Korea Test-Fired Hypersonic Missile on Jan. 5, State Media Claims

North Korea test-fired a new “hypersonic missile” on Jan. 5, state media reported on Jan. 6.

Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea test-fired a missile that carried a “hypersonic gliding warhead” and successfully traveled 435 miles (800) km to hit its target.

“The successive successful test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have a strategic significance of accelerating the task of modernizing the national strategic force suggested by the 8th Party Congress and completing the most important task among the top five tasks in the strategic weapons sector of the five-year plan,” KCNA said.

The launch marked North Korea’s first major weapons test this year and it was the second reported of such a missile to date, following one last September.

KCNA reported that the Academy of Defense Science oversaw the test, but made no mention of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea and Japan reported on Jan. 5 that North Korea launched a projectile off its east coast, suspecting it to be a ballistic missile.

A United States State Department spokesperson condemned the launch, saying it was a violation of multiple United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions.

The UN Security Council have banned North Korea from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons and have imposed sanctions due to the programs.

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