North korea tests new intermediate-range hypersonic missile engine.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ground test of a solid-fuel engine designed for a novel intermediate-range hypersonic missile, aiming to bolster the nation’s defense capabilities, as per reports from the state news agency KCNA on Wednesday.

The test took place at the Sohae satellite launch station, situated near the country’s western coast, on Tuesday morning and afternoon, according to KCNA.

The successful outcome of the test marked a significant milestone, enabling the project to advance according to the outlined schedule for completing the development of the new hypersonic Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), as per the report.

In January, North Korea conducted a flight test of an intermediate-range hypersonic missile, claiming it utilized a new solid-fuel engine and also experimented with a maneuverable warhead.

While KCNA did not delve into the specifics of the engine tested on Tuesday or the technical intricacies of the trial, Kim emphasized the strategic significance of the weapon system. He highlighted its importance on par with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) in the nation’s security landscape and in meeting the operational demands of the People’s Army. The statement also indicated that adversaries are well aware of this significance.

The development of ICBMs by North Korea is part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its military capabilities, particularly in potentially being able to strike the mainland United States.