North Korea's leader "Kim Jong" Un personally oversaw the successful test of a hypersonic missile, state media reported Wednesday (12th Jan 2022), the second such launch by the nuclear-armed nation in less than a week.
The missile carrying a "hypersonic gliding vehicle" hit "the set target in waters 1,000 km off," the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
Photographs posted on the website of Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, showed Kim Jong Un wearing a long black leather coat and using binoculars to watch the missile blast off from his mobile viewing platform.
"The superior maneuverability of the hypersonic glide vehicle was more strikingly verified through the final test-fire," the KCNA report said.
Other images in Rodong Sinmun showed the missile blasting off from land at dawn in a blaze of fire and smoke, and Kim discussing charts with uniformed officials.