North Korea claims to conduct a new hypersonic missile test

North Korea

According to the BBC, North Korea has completed another hypersonic missile test under the supervision of its leader, Kim Jong-un.

The missile fired on Tuesday “precisely targeted” a target 1,000 kilometers away, according to the state news agency KCNA.

According to the source, this is North Korea‘s third documented test of a hypersonic missile, which may elude detection for longer than ballistic missiles.

Two of the tests occurred within a week of Kim’s promise to strengthen Pyongyang’s defenses in a New Year’s speech.

Both South Korea and Japan detected the launch on Tuesday, reporting that North Korea fired a missile into the sea.

The KCNA news agency later confirmed that it was a hypersonic missile with “superior maneuverability.”

The move sparked condemnation from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, who urged Pyongyang to halt its “destabilizing activities.”

Hypersonic weapons typically travel at lower altitudes than ballistic missiles and can reach speeds of up to five times the speed of sound – or around 6,200 km/h (3,850mph).