North Korea has claimed that it successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called the Hwasong-8 on Tuesday. The new missile was one of the “top five” new weapons systems established in its five-year military development plan.
They called the missile a “strategic weapon,” which generally means it is nuclear capable.
Tuesday’s launch is another indication of Pyongyang’s growing weapons technology amid tough sanctions.
“The development of this weapon system … [ha aumentado] the nation’s capabilities for self-defense in every way, “said North Korea’s state news outlet KCNA.
Hypersonic missiles are much faster and more agile than normal missiles, making them much more difficult for missile defense systems to intercept.
North Korea joins a small group of countries, including the United States, Russia, China and India, in trying to develop the weapons. In July, Russia announced that it had successfully launched a hypersonic missile that reached a speed of 8659.88 km / h (5381 mph) from a frigate in the White Sea.
Rejection of the proposed dialogue
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed the US dialogue offers as a “front” and accused the administration of President Joe Biden of maintaining hostile policies against them.
The contacts between the two countries started under the mandate of Donald Trump were interrupted in 2019 after the failure in Hanoi (Vietnam) of the second summit between the Republican president and the North Korean leader.
Since its accession to the White House, the Joe Biden government has repeatedly offered the isolated communist regime a meeting anywhere, anytime and without preconditions.
Kim condemned these proposals as “nothing more than a facade to mask his disappointment and hostile acts, and an extension of the hostile policy of previous administrations,” according to the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
With Biden, “the American military threat and hostile policy towards us have not changed at all, but have become more malicious,” he said during a lengthy speech before the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s one-party parliament.
North Korea, equipped with nuclear weapons, has let time pass in recent months, studying the movements of the new US administration while focusing on internal affairs.
Security Council meets urgently
The United Nations Security Council will meet in emergency on Thursday to analyze the situation in North Korea at the request of the United States, France and the United Kingdom, diplomatic sources told AFP.
Pyongyang shows no signs of wanting to part with its arsenal, which it considers necessary to defend itself against the United States.
“The most fundamental crisis tearing apart the basic principles of international peace and stability is the abuse of power and coercion by the United States and its followers,” Kim said.
The North Korean leader was more restrained with South Korea, whose president Moon Jae-in proposed this month at the United Nations to officially end the war between the two countries (1950-1953), ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.
Kim lamented that Seoul “still follows the United States” and noted that, in order to end the conflict, “mutual respect must be guaranteed and unjust views and double standards must be abandoned.”
Still, he expressed his willingness to reestablish communication lines between Seoul and Pyongyang in early October.