N. Korea Says It Successfully Conducted Final Test-Firing Of Hypersonic Missile

N. Korea Says It Successfully Conducted Final Test-Firing Of Hypersonic Missile

Andrew H. Sweet

Kim expressed "great expectations" that the officials in the missile research sector would "help bolster the war deterrent of the country with their continued ultra-modern scientific research achievements."

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier downplayed the North's hypersonic missile claims as "exaggeration" but said the latest launch demonstrated "improvement" from the previously tested versions.

Developing a hypersonic weapon was one of the North's "five core tasks" under a five-year plan to strengthen its defense capabilities unveiled at its eighth party congress held a year ago.

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