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erienewsnow.com 14 Jan, 2022 03:45 am

Early warning systems first suggested North Korean missile could hit US, causing temporary scramble - Erie News Now

Early warning systems first suggested North Korean missile could hit US, causing temporary scramble - Erie News Now
By Katie Bo Lillis, Barbara Starr and Oren Liebermann, CNN

By Katie Bo Lillis, Barbara Starr and Oren Liebermann, CNN In the minutes after North Korea launched a ballistic missile around 7:30 a.The launch on Tuesday was the second such launch by North Korea within the space of a week.US officials are still conducting their assessment of the most recent test, but analysts who closely track North Korea's weapons development programs have identified the missile used on Tuesday as what is known as a "maneuverable reentry vehicle" -- still a hypersonic glide vehicle that can alter course after reentering the atmosphere but that has a limited range and maneuverability compared to more advanced systems." In any case, there is no question that the launch violated UN Security Council resolutions that prohibit North Korea from any ballistic missile activity.

US officials familiar with North Korea's weapons development programs say Pyongyang's efforts to develop hypersonic missiles is not a surprise -- North Korea has telegraphed its intent publicly -- even if some of the specific capabilities demonstrated by the missile launched on Tuesday were surprising.In January of last year, North Korea stated publicly that it had "finished research into developing warheads of different combat missions including the hypersonic gliding flight warheads for new-type ballistic rockets and was making preparations for their test manufacture.

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