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Biden’s disarmament envoy admits US has no defence against hypersonic weapons amid reports of China missile

The US envoy for disarmament told reporters in Geneva on Monday that America does not yet have the capability to defend against hypersonic weapons following a news report claiming that China had tested such a weapon.

Robert Wood spoke to journalists on Monday following a report from the Financial Times on Monday, citing five unnamed sources, claiming that China’s government had successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile with the ability to travel faster than the speed of sound.

That report was denied by Beijing on Monday, which claimed that the reported launch was actually a spacecraft.

"We have concerns about what China is doing on hypersonic," Mr Wood told reporters.

"We just don't know how we can defend against that type of technology,” he continued, before clarifying: “[N]either does China or Russia.”

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