North Korea has boasted about successfully testing a new missile which could be capable of firing nuclear weapons.
Officials claim the missile met all the key technical requirements for its ‘detached hypersonic gliding warhead’.
The latest launch follows two missile tests earlier this month, with the rogue nation now demanding Joe Biden stops all US military exercises in the area.
Japan and South Korea earlier confirmed they had detected a North Korean ballistic missile being fired into the sea.
It is not believed to be an immediate threat but the US Indo-Pacific Command said it could have a ‘destabilising’ impact.
Nuclear negotiations have stalled since the collapse of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former US President Donald Trump in February 2019.
Trump rejected the North’s demands for a major removal of US sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility.
Kim has vowed in recent speeches to bolster his nuclear deterrent in the face of US pressure.
His government has so far rejected Biden’s offer to resume nuclear talks, saying Washington must abandon its ‘hostile policy’ first.
Hypersonic glide vehicles are launched from a rocket before gliding into a target, and they were among a military wish-list issued by Kim.
He has also called for more longer-range intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear-powered submarines, and tactical nuclear arms.
The new missile was described as an important addition to the country’s ‘strategic’ weaponry, implying the system is being developed to deliver nuclear weapons.
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