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Kim promotes more “military muscles” after the missile test

Kim Jong Un personally oversees the success of supersonic missile testing, and state media yesterday urged North Korea to build a more “strategic military force” despite international sanctions on its nuclear weapons program. I asked you to do it.
State media photos show that Kim used binoculars to observe a second missile launch by a nuclear-armed country within a week.
Hypersonic missiles are listed as one of the “top priorities” of strategic nuclear weapons development in North Korea’s five-year plan. According to the KCNA, North Korea needs to “steadily build its strategic military power in terms of both quality and quantity and further accelerate its efforts to further modernize its army” after its inauguration. ..
A test conducted on Tuesday when the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss Pyongyang’s weapons program caused swift criticism by the U.S. Department of State calling it a “threat to the international community.” .. This was the third test of a hypersonic gliding missile by North Korea. The first event, which took place four months ago, was followed by a one-time event last week.
North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said the latest tests demonstrated “excellent maneuverability of hypersonic glide vehicles.” He also claimed to have accurately hit a target about 1,000 kilometers away.
South Korean troops, who questioned North Korea’s first allegations, said the missiles launched on Tuesday reached hypersonic speeds, showing clear signs of “progress” from last week’s tests.
According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, the missile flew 700 km at an altitude of about 60 km at Mach 10 speed. Hypersonic missiles move at least at Mach 5 speeds (five times the speed of sound) and can be steered in flight, making tracking and interception difficult.
“Everything about this test is a reminder that North Korea is fully involved in a new military modernization campaign,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Ankit Panda said on Twitter.
“Kim is moving down his wish list for the 8th Party Congress and is again personally leading the test,” Panda said, referring to a recent meeting of high-ranking North Korean officials. .. Russia, the United States and China all report successful testing of hypersonic glide missiles.
Russia is generally regarded as a world leader in technology. Professor Leif-Eric Easley of Ewha Womans University in Seoul said the weapons were not ready for deployment.
“Nevertheless, Pyongyang’s ability to threaten neighbors continues to grow,” he said.
The fact that Kim participated in the missile test shows that North Korea is satisfied with the level of progress, said Lim Ulchul, a professor of North Korean studies at Kyung Nam University in Seoul. “… the test was final verification, so no additional testing of hypersonic missiles is expected, at least for some time,” Lim said. Tests are conducted as North Korea refuses to respond to US negotiation requests. At a major meeting of the North Korean ruling party last month, Kim vowed to continue strengthening defense capabilities without mentioning the United States.
Dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang has been stalled, and the country has received multiple international sanctions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Poor countries were also under a strict voluntary coronavirus blockade that had hit their economies.

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