Highlights

  • North Korea says it test-fired new hypersonic missile
  • Hypersonic missile latest in a series of new weapons tested by North Korea
  • New missile is a "strategic weapon", which usually means it has nuclear capabilities.

Latest news

Shop online, avoid travel: Govt's Covid advisory for festivals

Shop online, avoid travel: Govt's Covid advisory for festivals

Asus announces Android 12 stable build rollout for its Zenfone, ROG Phone lineup

Asus announces Android 12 stable build rollout for its Zenfone, ROG Phone lineup

iQOO Android 12 beta rollout schedule announced, iQOO 7 series, Z series included

iQOO Android 12 beta rollout schedule announced, iQOO 7 series, Z series included

Amit Shah: J-K statehood will be restored after delimitation, assembly polls

Amit Shah: J-K statehood will be restored after delimitation, assembly polls

Tamil drama Koozhangal is India’s official entry for Oscars 2022

Tamil drama Koozhangal is India’s official entry for Oscars 2022

North Korea says it fired new 'hypersonic missile'

The official reports did not mention Kim Jong Un watching the test, instead saying Pak Jong Chon, politburo member and veteran military official, was at the launch in northern Jagang Province, near the border with China.

North Korea on Tuesday claimed that it successfully tested a new 'hypersonic missile' called Hwasong-8.

The State news media KCNA reported that the new missile was one of the "five most important" new weapons systems laid out in its five-year military development plan. They also referred to the new missile as a "strategic weapon", which usually means it has nuclear capabilities.

The launch is North Korea's third round of weapons firings this month. It only three days after North Korea repeated its offer for conditional talks with South Korea.

Also watch: North Korea showcases rail-borne missile test, South Korea tests ballistic missiles 

The launch from Jagang province "confirmed the navigational control and stability of the missile", along with its "guiding manoeuvrability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead" and the engine, according to KCNA.

"The test results proved that all the technical specifications met the design requirements", it added.

Up Next

North Korea says it fired new 'hypersonic missile'

North Korea says it fired new 'hypersonic missile'

U.S. President Joe Biden appoints Neera Tanden White House staff secretary

U.S. President Joe Biden appoints Neera Tanden White House staff secretary

Bangladesh temple attacks: Man seen placing Quran at Durga Puja pandal arrested

Bangladesh temple attacks: Man seen placing Quran at Durga Puja pandal arrested

Fresh Covid outbreak in China: Flights cancelled, schools & park shut in many cities

Fresh Covid outbreak in China: Flights cancelled, schools & park shut in many cities

Singapore to allow tourists from India from October 26, quarantine period must

Singapore to allow tourists from India from October 26, quarantine period must

UN: 97% of Afghanistan’s population may sink below poverty line

UN: 97% of Afghanistan’s population may sink below poverty line