By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times
January 11, 2022
PYONGYANG – Communist North Korea announced today the test flight of a hypersonic missile.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, Tuesday’s launch of a hypersonic glide vehicle was successful and demonstrated perfect glide jump flight and corkscrew maneuvering before plummeting into a targeted area in the Sea of Japan.
Intelligence reports indicated that this was the second missile launch detected from communist North Korea in a week. The launch is another push by communist leader Kim Jong Un to expand North Korea’s offensive nuclear capabilities. Communist North Korea continues to spend billions on weapons while large portions of the population are reported to be starving. Many experts believe the launch is an attempt to show the west that communist North Korea is a nuclear power player that can bully its way out of economic sanctions.
Hypersonic weapons fly faster than Mach 5 and could pose a threat to missile defense systems because of their speed and maneuverability. Many experts believe the small communist nation needs more long-range testing to produce a viable hypersonic weapon to threaten democratic nations. However, communist North Korea could acquire technology from other communist nations.
The U.S. State Department condemned the latest launch, which violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command believes that the latest launch does not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies.