North Korea has claimed to have successfully tested a hypersonic missile named Hwasong-8 yesterday. The state media called the new missile one of the “five most important” weapons system the country laid out in its five year military development plan. Pyongyang’s inclination towards nuclear and other heavy weaponry development has been quite evident. Yesterday’s launch was an indicator of North Korea’s growing weapon technology even amid strict sanctions.
Counting the latest hypersonic missile launch. North Korea has marked its third missile test this month. The country’s new cruise and train launched ballistic missiles account for the previous two tests.
North Korea’s envoy Mr Kim Song said in the UNGA, “building up our national defence in order to defend ourselves and reliably safeguard the security and peace of the country,”.
What is a Hypersonic Missile?
A hypersonic missile is much faster and agile than a regular one, making them much harder for missile defence systems to intercept. North Korea has successfully joined other countries like India, China, USA, Russia in the race to develop the weapon.
Russia’s hypersonic missile 3M22 Zircon has the ability to defy radars. The missile flies fast at lower altitudes, which allows the weapon to penetrate through most missile defence systems. Moreover, the weapon has a range of 1000 kilometres.
North Korea’s stance on America’s denuclearization demand:
United States of America offered to extend humanitarian aid to North Korea in exchange of the latter’s denuclearization. However, the recent tests and launches that North Korea claims to have executed disregard USA’s condition.
The country has been steadily developing nuclear weaponry despite United Nations Security Council Resolutions. The UN sanctions forbid the country to test ICBM missiles.
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