A day after Japan, South Korea and the United States announced the launch of an unidentified missile, North Korea released the first photo of its first hypersonic missile test.
The missile is a hypersonic missile “Hwaseong-8”, according to the official newspaper “Rodong Sinmun” of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of North Korea.
The “Hwasong-8” reaches hypersonic speeds and is faster than Mach 5, which is five times faster than the speed of sound. It is very flexible, which makes it very difficult to destroy by missile defense systems.
The rocket was launched from Doyang-ri in the province of Jahang, state news agency KCNA reported. KCNA says the development of the hypersonic missile is one of the priority tasks of the five-year plan to improve the weapons system in the field of defense science and strategic weapons. North Korea wants to increase its defense capabilities “a thousand times”.
KCNA explained that the test “confirmed the navigation control and stability of the missile”. “Test results have proven that all technical specifications meet planning requirements.”
The South Korean military announced Tuesday the North Korean missile test, but has not released any information about the maximum altitude and airspace. However, the South Korean media reported that the missile had “different aviation characteristics” than the missiles fired by North Korea in the past, citing unnamed sources. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a “detailed analysis” of the incident. The new test is a “provocation”.
Both North and South Korea are currently expanding their arsenals. Audiences fear an arms race in East Asia, which could affect both China and Japan. This is the third time this month that North Korea has launched a missile. Earlier this month Pyongyang conducted several missile tests, launching new long-range missiles and short-range missiles.
For years, North Korea has been promoting the development of missiles to strike South Korea and Japan, but the United States can carry nuclear weapons as far as it can. The country has declared itself a nuclear power. However, in the light of negotiations over its controversial nuclear program, its position remains open. However, US talks with North Korea have not progressed for more than two and a half years.
In South Korea, too, billions flow into arms development. Seoul recently tested the first submarine missile. On Tuesday, there was a sacred ceremony to launch a submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles.
Negotiations between North and South Korea were largely halted due to the failure of a summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump. Washington and Seoul are close allies. There are currently 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. Other Western governments, including the United States and the federal government, have strongly condemned Tuesday’s missile test.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to meet with North Korean officials at any time without any preconditions to reach a conclusion on the North Korean nuclear program. North Korea, on the other hand, has so far shown no willingness to give up its nuclear weapons, saying it wants to protect itself from possible US invasion.
According to Lim Yul-Sulin, a professor at the University of the Far East in Gyeongnam, Pyongyang is trying to use its weapons development “as a means to create space for diplomatic maneuvering.” In addition, North Korea wants to “improve its military position.” According to Lim, more North Korean tests are expected in the future. In some ways, North Korea’s behavior has recently become more predictable. You have announced military operations and are now gradually implementing them. “
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