North Korea has claimed that it successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8 yesterday.
State media said the new missile was one of “five most important” new weapons systems laid out in its five-year military development plan.
They called the new missile a “strategic weapon”, which usually means it has nuclear capabilities.
Yesterday’s launch is another indication of Pyongyang’s growing weapons technology amid strict sanctions.
North Korean state news outlet KCNA said, “The development of this weapons system… [has increased] the nation’s capabilities for self-defence in every way.”
The latest launch also marked the country’s third missile test this month.
It has already revealed a new type of cruise missile, as a well as a new train-launched ballistic missile system.
According to news agency AFP, Hypersonic missiles are much faster and more agile than normal ones, making them much harder for missile defence systems to intercept.
KCNA stated that the test launch confirmed the “navigational control and stability of the missile”.
A Stanton Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ankit Panda said it was difficult at this point to assess the “precise capabilities” of the missile but added that it could “presumably present a very different challenge for missile defence from traditional ballistic missiles”.