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North Korea fires another missile; second test this week

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It was North Korea’s second known weapons test this week after the launch of a previously unseen hypersonic missile on Tuesday.

The tests highlighted how North Korea has been steadily developing increasingly sophisticated weapons, raising the stakes for efforts to press it to give up its nuclear and missile programmes in return for U.S. sanctions relief.

The Academy of Defence Science, a military weapons developer, said the test was aimed at confirming the practical functionality of the missile’s launcher, radar, comprehensive battle command vehicle and combat performance, the official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.

The missile has new key technologies such as twin rudder control and double impulse flight engine, it said.

South Korea’s military said detailed analysis was needed to verify the KCNA report.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not appear to have attended the test, which was instead overseen by Pak Jong Chon, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful politburo and Central Committee.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he’ll restore stalled communication lines with South Korea in early October.

The Korean Central News Agency quotes Kim as saying the measure is aimed at realizing the Korean people’s wishes for a peace between the two Koreas.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in a speech celebrating the 73rd Armed Forces Day on Friday, did not refer to North Korea but said he was committed to fostering lasting peace while sternly responding to any life-threatening action.

Analysts say the North’s carrot-and-stick approach is aimed at securing international recognition as a nuclear weapons state and driving a wedge between the United States and South Korea, with an eye on Moon’s desire for a diplomatic legacy before his term ends in May.

– YAHOO NEWS

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