April 13, 2024

North Korea says it launched solid-fuel ‘hypersonic’ missile

Launch appears to be first test of new system, though leader Kim Jong Un's presence not mentioned

North Korea launched a new solid-fuel “hypersonic” missile on Sunday, according to state media the following morning, in what appears to be the first successful test of the system.

The “intermediate-range hypersonic maneuverable controlled warhead” test was carried out to verify its “gliding and maneuvering characteristics” and the “reliability of newly developed multi-stage high-thrust solid-fuel engines,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

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