KCNA: North Korea has successfully conducted long-range cruise missile tests

KCNA: North Korea has successfully conducted long-range cruise missile tests - Photo 1.

Image of a new type of tactical guided missile North Korea launched in March 2021 – Photo: REUTERS

KCNA said the test launches took place on both Saturday and Sunday, with the participation of senior officials.

The missile flew 1,500 km before hitting its target and falling into North Korean territorial waters.

KCNA said the missile development brought “strategic significance in possessing an effective deterrent to safeguard national security and prevent the military activities of the hostile forces”.

The missile test came just days after a large-scale military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 73rd anniversary of the country’s founding (September 9), and was North Korea’s first test since early March.

According to AFP news agency, Pyongyang has not carried out nuclear tests or launched an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2007.

Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Pyongyang appeared to have started a reactor to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons at Yongbyon, North Korea’s nuclear complex.

Last week, South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, a technology North Korea has long sought to develop.

North Korea displayed a new generation of submarine-launched missiles during a military parade in January. KCNA called them “the most powerful weapon in the world”.

However, when North Korea released images of underwater launches, most recently in 2019, analysts believe the launch takes place on a fixed platform or sunken barge rather than from a submarine.

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