Friday, October 15, 2021

North Korea shows off new weapon system: ‘Railway-borne missiles’

North Korea’s state television broadcast video footage of the communist country’s first successful test of missiles that were launched from a train on Thursday.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the missiles were tested at dawn on September 15 and hit a target area of ​​497 miles (800 kilometers) in the sea off North Korea’s east coast.

The agency reported that the launch was part of a firing drill aimed at “verifying the practicality of the railway mobile missile system”. The railway-borne missile was carried along rail tracks in the mountainous central region of the country.

A rail-based ballistic system reflects North Korea’s efforts to diversify its launch options, which now include various vehicles and ground launch pads and may eventually include submarines. Launching a missile from a train could increase mobility, but some experts say the simple rail network running through a relatively small area of ​​North Korea would be quickly destroyed by enemies during the crisis.

State media showed two separate missiles were visible from rail-car launchers engulfed in orange flames along tracks surrounded by dense forest.

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This photo, provided by the North Korean government on September 16, 2021, shows a test missile launched from a train at an undisclosed location in North Korea on September 15, 2021. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
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This photo, provided by the North Korean government on September 16, 2021, shows a test missile launched from a train at an undisclosed location in North Korea on September 15, 2021. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Senior envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea met in Tokyo earlier this week to discuss North Korea’s missile and nuclear developments, a day after Pyongyang tested a new long-range cruise missile.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during a press briefing on Wednesday that North Korea’s action was in violation of several UN Security Council resolutions that barred the communist country from testing ballistic missiles.

“These activities highlight the destabilizing effect of the DPRK’s illegal weapons program,” said Kirby, referring to the country by the initials of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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South Korean and Japanese armies have previously said two short-range ballistic missiles from North Korea landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone but outside its territorial waters. The last time a North Korean missile landed inside that area was in October 2019.

Over the weekend, North Korea successfully tested a new missile capable of hitting targets 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) away, with analysts raising concerns that the missile could be the country’s first such weapon with nuclear capabilities.

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The National Academy of Defense Sciences conducts a long-range cruise missile test in North Korea, as shown in this combination of undated photos provided by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 13, 2021. (KCNA via Reuters)

North Korea has ignored previous proposals from the Biden administration to restart talks to give up its nuclear program. The United States said it had no hostile intentions after the latest tests and called on North Korea to return to talks.

“What we want to do is reduce the threat to the United States, to our allies in the region … and we think we can do that through diplomacy,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington. You can do that.”

President Donald Trump, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times during his four-year term, was the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil, but the authoritarian leader has called for an abandonment of its nuclear and missile programs. ignored. Exchange for sanctions relief.

Experts say North Korea is building its weapons systems to put pressure on the United States in hopes of getting relief from economic sanctions aimed at forcing the country to give up its nuclear arsenal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lorenz Duchamps

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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