Seoul: North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, state media KCNA reported on Friday, the latest in a recent series of weapons tests amid standoff talks with the United States.
KCNA said the test, conducted by the Defense Academy of Sciences, a military weapons developer, was aimed at verifying the practical functionality of the missile’s launcher, radar, comprehensive combat command vehicle and combat performance.
It appears that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the trial, which was overseen by the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful Politburo and Central Committee member Pak Jong Chon.
“The overall test is of great practical importance in the study and development of various potential anti-aircraft missile systems,” the official KCNA news agency quoted the academy as saying.
South Korea, Japan and the United States generally publicly ratified the North Korean missile launch soon after, but did not do so for Thursday’s test, indicating it may not be a major weapons test.
by Hynohei Shino
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times