Py?ngyang (Agencies): North Korea has reportedly tested a new solid-fuel missile with a hypersonic warhead, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The launch was designed to test the reliability of new multi-stage, high-thrust solid-fuel engines and an intermediate-range hypersonic manoeuvrable controlled warhead.

The missile flew towards the East Sea, travelling approximately 1,000km (621 miles).

The test-firing “never affected the security of any neighbouring country and had nothing to do with the regional situation”.

North Korea’s last missile test was of a Hwasong-18 solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it fired into the East Sea on December 18..

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