Kim Jong Un wants more ‘strategic military power’ – Action News Now

After watching the successful test launch of a hypersonic missile, Kim Jong-un called on North Korean scientists to step up their work to strengthen “the country’s strategic military power.”

On Tuesday, radars in South Korea and Japan detected a rocket launch from a North Korean launch pad that turned out to be a hypersonic missile from Pyongyang.

The country’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper published a photo of leader Kim Jong Un attending the briefing on its front page the next day. Western experts interpreted this as a message to the world, especially the United States, that North Korea’s leadership sees the hypersonic missile program as one of its top priorities and may ignore Western complaints.

Pyongyang’s mouthpiece KCNA said Kim Jong-un urged military scientists to “Further accelerate the steady increase in the quality and quantity of strategic military forces, and further modernize the military.

The missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday reportedly had a first range of 600 kilometers (375 miles)”gliding jump flight” and then the 240 km “motorized corkscrew” before it hit its target in the ocean 1,000 kilometers away.

Tuesday’s launch drew harsh criticism from South Korea and Japan, as well as the United States, among others. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland described Pyongyang’s recent show of force as dangerous and destabilizing. The U.S. official also lamented that while the U.S. said it was “open dialogue,“North Korea has chosen”launch missile“Instead.

The EU has also joined the condemnation, calling the missile launch a ”Threats to international peace and security.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres also expressed concern.

Multiple UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. However, Pyongyang has insisted on its right to do so, incurring international sanctions.

In fact, the country launched another such rocket less than a week ago, with the first North Korean-made hypersonic missile launched into the sky in September 2021.

The latest test comes at a time when talks between the Pyongyang side and Seoul and Washington have all but stalled. North Korea says in principle ready for dialogue, but only if U.S. and its allies give up ”hostile policy” and lift sanctions.