North Korea successfully test-fired a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting targets 930 miles away over the weekend, according to the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The multi-day operation was confirmed as a “success” by leading officials and scientists of the National Academy of Defense Sciences, who took part in the tests of a new type of cruise missile launched on September 11 and September 12, KCNA. report good.
According to the agency, the missile, which is said to be “a strategic weapon of great importance”, covered 930 miles before hitting its target and falling into the country’s territorial waters during the test. The weapon system was in development for two years.
A Collage missile, published by KCNA, is being fired from a launch vehicle, with rocket artillery traveling in horizontal flight. The missile reportedly traveled for 7,580 seconds in the air over the territorial land and waters of the communist country before hitting its target.
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions bar North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, and the country has been heavily sanctioned on its missile and nuclear weapons programs. However, testing of cruise missiles has generally generated little interest, as they are not explicitly prohibited under the UNSC.
North Korea has also ignored proposals from the Biden administration to resume talks to abandon its nuclear program. The most recent tests were the most significant since President Joe Biden took office. In January, just hours after Biden’s inauguration, North Korea tested cruise missiles, while later in March, it tested a new strategic short-range ballistic missile.
President Donald Trump, who met Kim Jong Un three times during his four-year term, was the first US president to step onto North Korean soil.
Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korean studies at Eva Women’s University, told AFP that the new strategic missile is “considerable a threat,” adding that he believes it is “very likely that it will lead to the development of various weapons systems.” There will be more tests to be done.”
“If the North has scaled down the nuclear warhead enough, it could even be loaded onto a cruise missile,” Park said.
The US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation and US officials are in close contact with allies and partners following reports of rocket artillery tests.
“This activity highlights the DPRK’s continued focus on developing its military program and threats to its neighbors and the international community,” said the Combat Command, responsible for the Indo-Pacific region. “The United States’ commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains an ironclad.”
According to analysts, cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles that can be equipped with conventional or nuclear warheads are particularly destabilizing in conflict situations because it is unclear what kind of warhead they are carrying. Huh.
It is not clear whether North Korea has mastered the technology needed to build weapons small enough to be carried on a cruise missile, but regime leader Kim Jong Un said earlier this year that developing smaller bombs would be an option. top target.
Kim appears not to have participated in the trial, while KCNA said it was overseen by Pak Jong Chon, a member of the powerful Politburo of the Workers’ Party and secretary of its Central Committee.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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