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From hypersonics to workhorse weapons, N Korea showcases missile diversity

North Korea hasn't tested its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons since 2017, but the Hwasong-12 launch signalled it could soon resume such testing

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North Korea capped one of its busiest months of missile tests ever with the launch of its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday, highlighting efforts to ensure it has reliable systems for delivering nuclear warheads.
 
January's testing schedule began with the launch of a new "hypersonic missile," and went on to include long-range cruise missiles, and short-range ballistic missiles launched from railcars and airports, underscoring the nuclear-armed state's rapidly expanding and advancing arsenal amid stalled denuclearisation talks.
 
North Korea hasn't tested its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or nuclear weapons since 2017, but the Hwasong-12 launch signalled it could soon

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First Published: Jan 31 2022 | 11:04 AM IST

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