North Korea tests new supersonic missile amid heightened tensions

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North Korea announces on Wednesday that it had conducted a test of a new hypersonic intermediate-range missile

North Korea tests new supersonic missile amid heightened tensions

North Korea proclaimed Wednesday that it had executed a trial of a fresh supersonic intermediate-range missile.

According to North Korean state media, the trial was overseen by leader Kim Jong Un himself, who characterized the Hwasong-16B missile as a vital component of his nuclear deterrence strategy aimed at countering perceived threats from the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The missile trial marks another escalation in North Korea's ongoing sequence of missile trials, which have heightened tensions and deepened a nuclear standoff with neighboring countries and the United States. 

However, South Korean military officials have cast doubt on North Korea's claims of success, suggesting that the regime may be overstating its technological capabilities.

North Korea's new missile strategy

Fueled by solid propellants, the new missile represents a shift in North Korea's missile development strategy.

Solid-propellant missiles are easier to transport and conceal.

They can be launched more rapidly than liquid-propellant missiles, which require fueling before launch and cannot remain fueled for extended periods.

North Korea's pursuit of advanced missile technology is a cause of concern for regional stability and international security. 

The regime's continued defiance of international sanctions and its persistent missile testing underscores the challenges posed by Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

Source: Newsroom

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