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'N.Korea's hypersonic missile in early stage of development'
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/29/2021 12:58:16 PM
'N.Korea's hypersonic missile in early stage of development'

Seoul: The hypersonic missile unveiled by the North Korea on Tuesday appeared to be in an early stage of development, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Wednesday.The JCS said in a statement that when assessing the collected data, such as the detected speed of the hypersonic missile, which the the North Korea test-fired and unveiled, it appeared to be in an early stage of development and may take a considerable time to be deployed for combat.

It noted that the missile could be detected and intercepted by the military assets of South Korea and the US, Xinhua news agency reported.The statement came hours after the North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said that the country test-fired the hypersonic missile Hwasong-8 in Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province on Tuesday morning.

It was the first test-launch, in which the country's Academy of Defence Science ascertained the stability of the engine as well as missile fuel ampoule that has been introduced for the first time, the KCNA reported.The test-launch came after the North Korea tested cruise and ballistic missiles earlier this month.

N.Korea says it tested newly developed hypersonic missile

Seoul: North Korea said on Wednesday that it has conducted the first test-launch of a newly developed hypersonic missile on Tuesday that has "strategic significance" in bolstering its self-defence capabilities. The North's Academy of Defence Science test-fired the Hwasong-8 missile from Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province, and "ascertained the stability of the engine as well as of missile fuel ampoule that has been introduced for the first time," Yonhap news agency quoted the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

The fuel "ampoule" appears to be referring to a container of liquid fuel, which would reduce the preparation time for a missile launch and make the weapon ready for use almost as fast as a solid-fuel missile, compared with conventional missiles that need fuel injection before firing.

The KCNA did not mention whether the weapon is a ballistic missile, but experts said it appears be a ballistic missile using liquid fuel as indicated by its name, Hwasong. North Korea is banned from ballistic technology under UN sanctions.

"The development of this weapon system... is of great strategic significance in markedly boosting the independent power of ultra-modern defense science and technology of the country and in increasing the nation's capabilities for self-defense in every way," the KCNA said.

The test-launch also confirmed "the stability of the engine as well as of missile fuel ampoule that has been introduced for the first time," with the KCNA saying the test results showed that all technical specifications satisfied its design requirements.

Other details, such as the distance and speed of the tested missile, were not disclosed.The KCNA said that Pak Jong-chon, a member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the ruling Workers' Party, guided the launch. Leader Kim Jong-un did not attend the firing.

Pak "noted the military significance of turning all missile fuel systems into ampoules," the KCNA said.This marked the North's sixth known major weapons test so far this year and also came about two weeks after the North launched two short-range missiles into the East Sea. Leader Kim did not attend any of the test-firings.

The test of the new weapon came amid cautious optimism created by back-to-back statements issued by the leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, late last week, in which she said Pyongyang could declare an end to the Korean War as suggested by the South and even discuss the possibility of a summit.Kim, however, noted they can take place only when South Korea drops its double standards of denouncing the North's "self-defence" weapons tests as "provocations" while beautifying its own arms buildup.

On Tuesday, South Korea's military said that the North fired what appears to be a short-range missile eastward early in the day. The Japanese government said it appears to be a ballistic missile.Hours later, the Seoul government convened an emergency security meeting of the National Security Council and voiced regret over the launch.

President Moon Jae-in ordered a "comprehensive analysis" of the missile launch and recent statements from the North.Inter-Korean relations have remained in a deadlock since the no-deal summit between the US and North Korea in early 2019.


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