North Korea conducts successful test launch of ballistic missile on Jan 14

MOSCOW, Jan 15: The North Korean government said Pyongyang’s recent launch of a solid-fuel medium-range ballistic missile was successful, Sputnik quoted North Korean state-run news agency KCNA report on Monday.

On Sunday, Japanese and South Korean militaries said North Korea conducted a launch of a ballistic missile, which fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The missile was equipped with a hypersonic manoeuverable controlled warhead, the report said. The launch was conducted to check the gliding and manoeuvering characteristics of the warhead and the reliability of newly developed multi-stage high-thrust solid propellant engines, the report said.

The test launch did not affect the security of neighbouring countries and had nothing to do with the regional situation, the news agency reported.

This was the first ballistic missile launch by North Korea in 2024. Pyongyang previously launched a missile on Dec 18, 2023. Then, it was reportedly the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile.