North Korea’s latest weapons test involved a hypersonic missile, state media reported on Wednesday, saying the second firing of the nuclear-armed nation in less than a week had been successful.
The test was overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, with the missile carrying a “hypersonic gliding vehicle” that hit “the target in water 1,000 km away”, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
“The superior maneuverability of the hypersonic slider was more strikingly verified by the final test fire,” the report said.
Photographs published on the website of Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Labor Party, showed that the missile was blown off shore and Kim monitored the launch at dawn, surrounded by men in military uniforms.
The South Korean military said the launch on Tuesday had reached hypersonic speeds and showed clear signs of “progress” from last week’s test.
Hypersonic missiles travel at speeds of Mach 5 and higher and can maneuver in mid-flight, making them more difficult to track and capture.
Tuesday’s test came when the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss Pyongyang’s weapons program after last week’s test.