Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

N.korea joins race for hypersonic missile with latest test

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North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, joining a race headed by major military powers to deploy the advanced weapons system.

North Korea fired the missile off its east coast towards the sea on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart diplomatic talks.

North Korea has been steadily developing its weapons systems amid an impasse over talks aimed at dismantlin­g its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for U.S. sanctions relief.

Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, said the latest launch was “destabilis­ing” and posed a regional threat, but Washington would continue diplomatic efforts to denucleari­se the Korean peninsula.

 ?? ?? The newly developed hypersonic missile Hwasong-8 is test-fired by the Academy of Defence Science of the DPRK in Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province, North Korea (REUTERS)
The newly developed hypersonic missile Hwasong-8 is test-fired by the Academy of Defence Science of the DPRK in Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province, North Korea (REUTERS)

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