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North Korea joins competition for new hypersonic missile with latest test

SEOUL – North Korea tested a new advanced hypersonic missile this week, state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday, joining a race led by the main military force to deploy advanced military systems.

North Korea fired missiles into the sea from its east coast on Tuesday, the South Korean military said, urging the United States and South Korea to rescind their “dual standards” in the arms program in order to resume diplomatic talks.

Amid tensions in talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons in exchange for a waiver from US sanctions, North Korea continues to develop its weapons system.

Sang Kim, the US special envoy for North Korea, said the latest launch was “unstable” and posed a regional threat, but that Washington would continue its diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

“We are waiting to hear back from Pyongyang. We’ve taken a number of approaches … and proposed dialogue on a broader topic, ”he told a virtual forum from Jakarta where he serves as U.S. ambassador to Indonesia.

Bonnie Jenkins, the U.S. under-secretary for arms control and international security, told Reuters in response to a question at the Geneva Center for Security Policy that Washington was seeking more information on the latest tests.

“The United States is still pushing for a diplomatic solution. We still want to keep an open door of diplomacy with North Korea. So we hope that in addition to the tests, they will also say ‘let’s talk again’, “he said.

Unlike ballistic missiles that fly into outer space before returning to steep speeds, hypersonic weapons fly at low altitudes toward targets and can achieve more than five times the speed of sound, or 3, 5050 miles per hour.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North’s hypersonic missile was in the early stages of development, judging by the detected velocity and other information, and that it would take “enough time” until it was deployed.

The development of the weapons system has boosted North Korea’s defense capabilities, KCNA reported, describing hypersonic missiles as “strategic weapons.”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not visit the launch, the report said.

“In the first test-launch, national defense scientists confirmed the navigation control and stability of the missile,” the report said.

It said the missile, named Hawasong-8, had worked towards its technical goal, which included guiding mobility and the feature of isolated hypersonic gliding warhead gliding flight.

The next generation of weapons

Hypersonic weapons are considered to be the next generation weapon aimed at spoiling the reaction time and the process of traditional theoretical defeat.

The test could mean that North America, Russia and China are entering a fast-paced race to deploy weapons.

The United States said Monday it has tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon, the first successful test of the weapons class since 201.

In July, Russia successfully tested a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin said was part of a new generation missile system without equal to the world.

Chang Yang-keun, a missile expert at Korea Aerospace University, said the test of the Hypersonic Gliding Vehicle (HGV) was likely to fail as the plane was shut down on a Mac 2.5, citing a report evaluated by South Korean military intelligence.

“Northern HGV technology is not comparable to the United States, Russia or China, and for the time being seems to be a short-range target that could target South Korea or Japan,” Chang said.

After South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for the official declaration of an end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, North Korea said last week that it was willing to consider another summit with the South if mutual respect between neighbors could be ensured.

Nuclear disarmament talks began in 2001 between former US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim. It has stopped since last year.

The two Koreas both tested ballistic missiles on Sept. 15, part of an arms race where both countries have developed increasingly sophisticated weapons, while efforts to negotiate tensions have failed.

Written by Sangi Cha

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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