Quick access to main page (top) Direct access to main contents Quick access to main page (bottom)

Kim Jong Un’s Latest Missile: Is North Korea Closer to Realizing Its Nuclear Ambitions?

Daniel Kim Views  

김정은, 신형 중장거리 극초음속미사일 시험발사
North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un directed the first test launch of a new intermediate-to-long range solid-fueled missile, the Hwasong-16B, equipped with a newly developed hypersonic gliding warhead on the 2nd, reported the Korean Central News Agency on the 3rd. /Yonhap News

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) evaluated North Korea’s announcement of a successful test launch of a new intermediate-to-long range solid-fueled hypersonic ballistic missile (IRBM) on the 3rd as exaggerated.

The JCS stated, “The flight distance of the hypersonic ballistic missile claimed by North Korea differs from our military’s analysis. The results analyzed by South Korea, the United States, and Japan are around 372 miles,” and “The claims of intentionally delaying the ignition of the second-stage engine and changing the flight direction during the combustion of the second-stage engine are considered exaggerated.”

The Korean Central News Agency reported that Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea directed the first test launch of a new intermediate-to-long-range solid-fueled missile, the Hwasong-16B, equipped with a newly developed hypersonic gliding warhead, on the 2nd.

The media explained, “The test launch was conducted with a method of confirming the characteristics of the hypersonic gliding warhead’s leap-type flight trajectory and lateral maneuverability by forcibly limiting the speed and altitude by changing the flight method to a sudden orbit change in the active section and delaying the ignition of the two-stage engine, considering safety and limiting the range to within 621 miles.” The agency claimed, “The hypersonic gliding warhead followed the planned flight trajectory, reaching a first apex altitude of 62.7 miles, a second apex altitude of 44.8 miles, and accurately landed in the East Sea area of 621 miles of Korea.”

김정은, 신형 중장거리 극초음속미사일 시험발사
Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea directed the first test launch of a new intermediate-to-long range solid-fueled missile, the Hwasong-16B, equipped with a newly developed hypersonic gliding warhead on the 2nd, reported the Korean Central TV on the 3rd. /Korean Central TV·Yonhap News

The JCS reported that North Korea is believed to have focused on the flight performance test in the early stages of developing the new solid hypersonic missile. However, some technical advancements can be evaluated.

The JCS explained that North Korea has been developing various types of solid ballistic missiles since 2019, so short-range solid ballistic missiles are in the completed development stage, while solid hypersonic missiles and ICBM-class require verification of warhead heat protection and re-entry capabilities.

A JCS official said, “Hypersonic missiles are a weapon system that requires high-level technology, which even advanced countries are still developing,” and “It is limited to predict the time of militarization, but it is expected to take a considerable time.”

Meanwhile, Chairman Kim emphasized that “Another powerful strategic attack weapon that demonstrates the absolute superiority of our national defense science and technology has been born” regarding this hypersonic missile test launch. Chairman Kim said, “With this, we have completely realized the solidification, warhead control, and nuclear weaponization of all tactical, operational, and strategic missiles with various ranges, and we have brilliantly fulfilled the three principles of quickly, accurately, and powerfully of the Party Central’s missile force construction for any enemy target within the globe.”

The solid-fueled ballistic missiles possessed by North Korea include short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM·range 186~621 miles) such as KN-23 (Iskander), KN-24 (Atacms), KN-25 (super-large rocket launcher), medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM·621~1864 miles) Pukguksong-2, and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM·3420 miles or more) Hwasong-18.

Daniel Kim
content@viewusglobal.com

Comments0

300

Comments0

[ASIA] Latest Stories

  • TikTok Video Praising Kim Jong Un Blocked: Sparks National Security Concerns in South Korea
  • South Korean Court Orders Parents to Pay Compensation in Place of Their Minor
  • Steel Showdown: U.S. Industry Braces for Surge in Chinese Imports
  • North Korean Hackers Strike Again
  • China Warns: Taiwan's Push for Independence is a 'Dead-End Road'
  • China Mourns the Loss of 'Good Friend' After Iranian President's Fatal Crash

Weekly Best Articles

  • President Biden’s Attempt to Appeal to Black Voters
  • North Korean Golfers Seen Wearing Nike Gear: Contraband or Elite Privilege?
  • Will Donald Trump’s Return as US President Boost Bitcoin Value?
  • U.S. Defense Vulnerability Exposed by Rising Climate Extremes
  • Amal Clooney Advocates for Arrest Warrants in War Crimes Case Involving Israel and Hamas
  • TikTok Video Praising Kim Jong Un Blocked: Sparks National Security Concerns in South Korea
  • Online Shopping Addiction? More Americans Buying During Work
  • U.S. and Allies Slam ICC’s ‘Outrageous’ Warrant Against Israeli Leaders
  • From Diplomacy to Outrage: How ICC’s Recent Decisions Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Kang Daniel to Close His Entertainment Business Following Major Scandals
  • Why Google’s Choosing Finland for Its AI Expansion
  • Unexpected Friendship: Elon Musk and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

You May Also Like

  • 1
    Online Shopping Addiction? More Americans Buying During Work

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 2
    U.S. and Allies Slam ICC's 'Outrageous' Warrant Against Israeli Leaders

    WORLD 

  • 3
    From Diplomacy to Outrage: How ICC's Recent Decisions Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

    WORLD 

  • 4
    Kang Daniel to Close His Entertainment Business Following Major Scandals

    ENTERTAINMENT 

  • 5
    Why Google's Choosing Finland for Its AI Expansion

    BUSINESS 

Popular Now

  • 1
    Unexpected Friendship: Elon Musk and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

    BUSINESS 

  • 2
    iPhone 16 Color Update: What's In and What's Out This Season

    LATEST 

  • 3
    Middle East Unrest Pushes Investors Towards Gold and Silver

    WORLD 

  • 4
    Marriage Reboot: Over Half of Married Couples Would Opt Out If Given a Second Chance

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 5
    South Korea Preps New Strategy After U.S. Takes Bold Step Against Chinese Imports

    WORLD 

Weekly Best Articles

  • President Biden’s Attempt to Appeal to Black Voters
  • North Korean Golfers Seen Wearing Nike Gear: Contraband or Elite Privilege?
  • Will Donald Trump’s Return as US President Boost Bitcoin Value?
  • U.S. Defense Vulnerability Exposed by Rising Climate Extremes
  • Amal Clooney Advocates for Arrest Warrants in War Crimes Case Involving Israel and Hamas
  • TikTok Video Praising Kim Jong Un Blocked: Sparks National Security Concerns in South Korea
  • Online Shopping Addiction? More Americans Buying During Work
  • U.S. and Allies Slam ICC’s ‘Outrageous’ Warrant Against Israeli Leaders
  • From Diplomacy to Outrage: How ICC’s Recent Decisions Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Kang Daniel to Close His Entertainment Business Following Major Scandals
  • Why Google’s Choosing Finland for Its AI Expansion
  • Unexpected Friendship: Elon Musk and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

Must-Reads

  • 1
    Online Shopping Addiction? More Americans Buying During Work

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 2
    U.S. and Allies Slam ICC's 'Outrageous' Warrant Against Israeli Leaders

    WORLD 

  • 3
    From Diplomacy to Outrage: How ICC's Recent Decisions Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

    WORLD 

  • 4
    Kang Daniel to Close His Entertainment Business Following Major Scandals

    ENTERTAINMENT 

  • 5
    Why Google's Choosing Finland for Its AI Expansion

    BUSINESS 

Popular Now

  • 1
    Unexpected Friendship: Elon Musk and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

    BUSINESS 

  • 2
    iPhone 16 Color Update: What's In and What's Out This Season

    LATEST 

  • 3
    Middle East Unrest Pushes Investors Towards Gold and Silver

    WORLD 

  • 4
    Marriage Reboot: Over Half of Married Couples Would Opt Out If Given a Second Chance

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 5
    South Korea Preps New Strategy After U.S. Takes Bold Step Against Chinese Imports

    WORLD 

Share it on...