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North Korea says it has tested a new solid-fuel hypersonic missile

North Korea has successfully test-fired a new medium-long range solid-fuel hypersonic missile, state media KCNA reported on Wednesday (local time).

North Korea launched a suspected intermediate-range ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday as a possible test, drawing swift condemnation from South Korea, Japan and the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch, KCNA said, lauding it as a strategic weapon that demonstrates the “absolute superiority” of North Korea’s defense technology.

With this, North Korea “has completely transformed all tactical, operational and strategic missiles of different ranges into solid-fuel, warhead-controlled and nuclearization-capable missiles,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

Hypersonic missiles are harder to intercept, while solid-fuel missiles can be moved and stored more easily, meaning they can be ready for launch quickly.

Tuesday’s test followed a late March test of a solid-fuel motor for a new type of intermediate-range hypersonic missile.

Source: Terra

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