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Global Leaders Stunned by Latest North Korea Missile Test

The following article, Global Leaders Stunned by Latest North Korea Missile Test, was first published on Flag And Cross.

For decades, the North Korean government has talked a big talk when it comes to their military capabilities, but they’ve not been able to walk the walk at all.  Numerous failed missile tests, along with an army of citizens who are too famished to fight, has kept the DPRK from being much of a menace at all.

But the latest developments out of the hermit kingdom have many on the world’s stage sitting up and taking notice.

A suspected ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday was more advanced than the missile Pyongyang tested last week, reaching a velocity of more than 10 times the speed of sound, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Tuesday’s projectile was launched from Jangang province, near the North Korean border with China and landed in the ocean between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, its flight covering a distance of more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) and reaching a height of 60 kilometers (37 miles), the statement said.

This was a stunning shift for North Korea.

Assessment of the test by South Korean and United States intelligence was ongoing, but initial analysis showed Tuesday’s test, in which the projectile reached a speed of Mach 10 was of a more advanced weapon than the test North Korea conducted last Thursday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs said.
That test was of what North Korean state media claimed was a hypersonic missile, the second alleged test of such a weapon by the Kim Jong Un regime. However, many experts doubted this claim.
The rather large leap in abilities comes as China and Russia continue to improve their own hypersonic arsenal, leading many to wonder if North Korea has been helped along the way.

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