North Korea state media says the nation successfully tested a hypersonic missile on Wednesday, its first major weapons test this year.
KCNA reported; In Wednesday’s test, the “hypersonic gliding warhead” detached from its rocket booster and maneuvered 120 km (75 miles) laterally before it “precisely hit” a target 700 km (430 miles) away
It said the test also confirmed components such as flight control and its ability to operate in the winter.
This is the second reported test of a hypersonic missile, which can avoid detection for longer than ballistic missiles.
The test comes as its leader Kim Jong-un had earlier vowed to bolster Pyongyang’s defenses.