North Korea Tests New Alleged Hypersonic Missile

    North Korea Tests New Alleged Hypersonic Missile
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    The Facts

    • North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that a new hypersonic solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), the Hwasong-16B, was successfully tested.

    • Launched off its east coast on Tuesday, the projectile landed in the waters between Pyongyang and Japan after flying 372 miles (598 km), according to the South Korean military.


    The Spin

    Pro-North Korea narrative

    Though Kim may seem like an irrational actor, he's simply using the only leverage he has in dealing with South Korea and the US. His nuclear ambitions are designed to seek political gains and sanctions relief after successive American administrations derailed diplomatic routes to denuclearization.

    Anti-North Korea Narrative

    Although analysis of this missile test is ongoing, Pyongyang's actions must be condemned and North Korea must pay a price for continuing to advance its missile technology. If the North is hoping to impact South Korea's upcoming elections, it's probably out of luck because this launch wasn't that impressive.


    Metaculus Prediction


    Establishment split

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