This photo taken on September 28, released by KCNA, shows the newly developed Hwasong-8 hypersonic missile. The missile was launched from Toyang-ri, Ryongrim District, Jagang Province – Photo: KCNA/AFP
On the morning of September 29, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the flying object that North Korea launched into the eastern seaboard of the country yesterday (September 28) was a newly developed type of hypersonic missile.
South Korea’s military said the North launched a missile from the northern province of Jagang toward the waters east of North Korea on the morning of September 28. This is North Korea’s third missile launch this month.
According to KCNA, the missile launch on September 28 had “great strategic significance” as North Korea sought to increase its defense capabilities “thousand times”. KCNA describes the new hypersonic missile as a “strategic weapon”.
KCNA knows the new missile is called Hwasong-8. During this first test launch, North Korean defense scientists confirmed the ability to control navigation and missile stability.
“Test results have proved that all specifications meet the design requirements,” KCNA said.
KCNA said Pak Jong Chon, a senior official, had oversaw the rocket launch. North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper published a photo showing a new type of hypersonic missile flying into the morning sky.
According to Ankit Panda, an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the US, North Korea’s Hwasong missiles have liquid propellants.
North Korea has repeatedly tested new weapons systems in recent years, after denuclearization talks with the United States reached an impasse. The US still maintains sanctions against North Korea.