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A screenshot of the purported launch, released by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency.

North Korea's military fired a "newly developed hypersonic missile" on Tuesday, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Why it matters: KCNA indicated that the North Korean military has nuclear capabilities with this missile when it referred to it as a "strategic weapon."

  • North Korea's UN envoy demanded Tuesday that the U.S. and South Korea end their joint military exercises and what he described as their "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang — hours after a short-range missile was detected being launched from North Korea into the sea.
  • North Korea's military also launched new long-range cruise missiles and ballistic missiles into the sea earlier this month, ratcheting up tensions in the region.

Details: "In the first test-launch, national defense scientists confirmed the navigational control and stability of the missile," KCNA said of the latest launch.

  • It claimed that the missile performed to its technical targets, "including the guiding maneuverability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead."

The big picture: Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on the denuclearization of North Korea have stalled since a second summit between then-President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended without a deal in 2019.

Between the lines: Pyongyang officials last week indicated they sought to improve relations with Seoul if certain conditions were met, in an apparent return to their "pattern of mixing weapons demonstrations with peace overtures to wrest outside concessions," AP notes.

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Oct 13, 2021 - World

UN report: North Korea faces growing food crisis, economic hardship

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

North Korea faces a growing food crisis that has left children and elderly people at risk of starvation, a UN investigator said in a report out Wednesday.

Driving the news: Prolonged and strict measures implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have worsened conditions in the isolated Asian nation and have lead to "severe economic hardship," per the report.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

Updated 5 hours ago - World

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

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