North Korea launches ‘more advanced’ missile after last week’s ‘hypersonic missile’ launch
North Korea–Nuclear-armed North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Tuesday. The ballistic missile can be more capable than the hypersonic missile. South Korea’s military officers shared the news on Tuesday.
The hypersonic missile was launched earlier. The ballistic missile was believed to have travelled more than 700 km (435 miles) to a maximum altitude of 60 km (37 miles) at a top speed up to 10 times the speed of sound (12,348 kmh/7,673 mph). The missile was launched from North Korea’s Jagang Province toward the ocean off its east coast.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced the capability of the ballistic missile through a statement. The JCS said that the new missile is more capable than the hypersonic missile. The JCS further revealed that South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are conducting detailed analysis on the capabilities of the missile. South Korea condemned the launch of the apparent ballistic missile.
The latest missile launch came as six countries urged North Korea to cease “destabilizing actions” in a joint statement at the United Nations. North Korea joined a global race in developing hypersonic missiles, which are usually defined as weapons.
The United States and Japan also urged North Korea earlier to cease “destabilizing actions.” Recently, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the North’s repeated missile tests in recent months “extremely regrettable.”
North Korea last week said that it successfully tested a new “hypersonic missile” and it appeared to represent limited progress over Pyongyang’s existing ballistic missiles. However, South Korean military officials slammed North Korea’s claims. The South Korean military reportedly doubted the capabilities of the hypersonic missile.
According to Reuters, South Korea’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting with President Moon Jae-in on this matter. Subsequently, the President expressed concerns over the series of launches coming ahead of the March 9 presidential election in South Korea.