North Korea says missile launched Wednesday was hypersonic

North Korea successfully launched a hypersonic missile and hit a target more than 400 miles away, state-run media said on Thursday, a test that officials said was of “strategic significance” in developing the nuclear-armed country’s weapons program.

The missile, fired Wednesday morning from northern Jagang Province, according to the South Korean military, was Pyongyang’s second launch of a hypersonic weapon in just over three months.

A “hypersonic gliding warhead” detached from its rocket booster, “made a 120 km [75-mile] lateral movement” and “precisely hit a set target 700km [435 miles] away,” state-run Korea Central News Agency reported.

“The successive successes in the test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernizing strategic armed force of the state,” the KCNA report said.

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