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N. Korea Conducts Successful Test of Multiwarhead Missile


Thu 27 Jun 2024 | 12:16 PM
Israa Farhan

North Korea has announced the successful test of a missile capable of targeting multiple locations in a single launch, according to state media outlet KCNA.

The test represents a significant step in Pyongyang’s development of advanced missile technology.

The announcement follows a report from South Korea's military that a suspected North Korean hypersonic missile exploded mid-air off the east coast.

The United States, South Korea, and Japan have condemned the launch, citing violations of UN Security Council resolutions.

According to KCNA, the missile test involved the first-stage solid-fuel engine of an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The objective was to secure the capability to destroy multiple individual targets using multiple warheads.

The agency claimed that the missile successfully separated warheads, which accurately hit three designated targets.

If verified, this would mark North Korea’s first public demonstration related to the development of Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle (MIRV) technology.

This advancement could potentially overwhelm US and South Korean missile defenses.

Despite these claims, South Korea reported that the launch was a failure. Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Lee Sung Joon noted that the warhead separation characteristic of MIRV tests occurs in descending stages, whereas the North Korean missile in question exploded in the initial stage of its flight.

He also suggested that North Korean photos of the launch may have been fabricated or recycled from previous events.

Lee dismissed North Korea’s claims as deceptive and exaggerated, noting the similarity of the missile to the liquid-fuel Hwasong-17 ICBM, which was test-fired in March 2023.

The missile test comes on the heels of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, where a mutual defense pact was signed.

Additionally, North Korea has expressed its discontent with the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the region for joint exercises with South Korea and Japan.