DPRK test-fires hypersonic missile: KCNA



The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has test-fired a hypersonic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported early Wednesday local time.

The test-fire was conducted by the country's Academy of Defense Science on Tuesday, the report said.

"The test-fire was aimed at the final verification of overall technical specifications of the developed hypersonic weapon system," it added.

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the DPRK, watched the launch, before which he was briefed on the hypersonic missile weapon system, according to the KCNA.

The Republic of Korea said on Tuesday that its military detected the projectile, presumed to be a ballistic missile which the DPRK launched from its inland area into the East Sea at about 7:27 a.m. local time.

It was the DPRK's second missile test in 2022. The DPRK said last week that it successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile on January 5.