What happened to Kim?! North Korea is testing a hypersonic missile, but its leader is missing for the launch.
According to official media sources, KIM Jong-un was a curious no-show when North Korea fired a state-of-the-art hypersonic missile.
The confirmation came just hours after South Korea’s military reported the launch toward the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, referring to it as a hypersonic missile, as Pyongyang demanded that the US and South Korea end their “double standards” on weapons programs in order to reopen talks. The missile was launched around 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT) from the central north province of Jagang, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South.
Initially, Japan’s defense ministry stated that it seemed to be a ballistic missile, but did not elaborate.
According to KCNA, the weapon system’s development boosts North Korea’s defense capability.
According to the report, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not inspect the launch.
“National defense scientists confirmed the navigational control and stability of the missile in the active part in the first test-launch,” it continued.
The Hwasong-8 missile, according to KNCA, met all of the missile’s technical requirements, including “guiding maneuverability and gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic glide warhead.”
North Korea’s weapons systems have been steadily improving, boosting the stakes for delayed talks aimed at reducing its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in exchange for US sanctions relief.
North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations urged the US to abandon its hostile stance toward Pyongyang, saying no one could reject Pyongyang’s right to self-defense and weapons testing.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has directed aides to do a careful examination of the North’s recent activities.
“We regret that the missile was fired at a time when it was very vital to stabilize the situation on the Korean peninsula,” defence ministry spokesperson Boo Seung-chan said at a briefing.
North Korea’s UN envoy, Kim Song, told the UN General Assembly that the country was beefing up its self-defense and that if the US discontinued its hostile policies and “double standards,” it would respond “willingly at any moment” to offers of discussions.
“However, we believe there is no chance for the US to truly cease its hostile stance at this time,” Kim stated.
In response to Moon’s appeal last week for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, Kim said Washington needs to end the conflict forever. “Brinkwire News Summary.”