North Korea announced a “successful” test of a new cruise missile on September 13, raising important questions among military experts. One commented to The Epoch Times that China and Iran likely supported the development and manufacture of the missile.
“Since China has assisted North Korean ballistic missiles and has an advanced long-range land attack cruise missile (LACM) production base, it is very likely that China has enabled North Korea’s new long-range LACM,” wrote Richard Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC), in an email on September 13.
“There is also a good chance that Iran may have provided Pyongyang with LACM technology,” Fischer wrote. Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea.
Two days after the LACM test, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles in violation of several UN Security Council resolutions. On the same day, 15 September, South Korea tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Ballistic missiles generally cause more concern in the United States, as they can reach the continental US without additional deployment on ships and submarines. However, LACMs are closely monitored both because they are regionally important, and because of the possible involvement of China or Iran in their spread to North Korea.
“In 1999 to 2001, Ukraine exported 6 Russian KH-55 LACMs to China and 6 KH-55s to Iran, according to former Ukrainian parliamentarian Hirihori Omelchenko. Iran’s Saumar LACM looks very similar to KH-55,” Fischer wrote in the email.
Iran’s press representative to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to Omelchenko in Associated Press reporting from 2005, sales took place between 1999 and 2001. He then stated that the KH-55 is nuclear capable, and was originally designed for Russian Tuplev long-range bombers. The KH-55 has a range of 1,864 miles, can carry 200 kilotons of nuclear warheads and can be air-launched.
While the North Korean LACM test reached 932 miles on September 13, according to North Korean state media, that would put Japan and Taiwan at risk, the 1,864-mile range would extend that threat to part of the Philippines, including Taiwan and Manila. North Korea is also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Fischer said that “given that LACMs are much less expensive to produce than ballistic missiles, it is surprising that North Korea has not developed them early.”
If China and North Korea prioritize nuclear targeting of the continental United States first, this could lead to an initial focus on ballistic missiles, which can carry large payloads, including relatively primitive nuclear warheads.
Cruise missiles can be launched not only from the air, but from a variety of platforms including submarines and launchers hidden in shipping containers. This would give North Korea several additional ways to deliver nuclear weapons to the continental United States, if they could be scaled down to fit within cruise missiles. Modifications would also be required to fit them for submarine launch.
Fischer wrote, “North Korea’s LACM requires some modification of the air intake to adapt it to submarine launch, but that can be expected soon.” “But as is, the North Korean LACM can be stored and removed from a shipping container, making it a potential global military and terror threat.”
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis at Middlebury Institute of International Studies Having said Twitter reads that “Intermediate-range ground-attack cruise missiles have quite serious potential for North Korea. This is another system designed to fly in or around missile defense radars.”
Military aerospace specialist Thomas Nudick reported on 13 September that the new North Korean cruise missile tail section bore the resemblance to the KH-55, and the use of the term “strategic” by North Korea to describe the missile usually denotes a nuclear capability. . .
Ankit Panda, Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, famous It said on Twitter that “this will be the first cruise missile system with a ‘strategic’ role in North Korea.”
The United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) issued a statement: “We are aware of reports of DPRK cruise missile launches. We will continue to monitor the situation and are in close consultation with our allies and partners. Highlights the DPRK’s continued focus on developing a military program and the threats posed to its neighbors and the international community.US commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea [South Korea] And Japan remains ironclad. “
In response to the September 13 cruise missile test, Japan and South Korea said they were coordinating with each other and the United States. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said his administration was “concerned” by the alleged North Korean missile launch. South Korea said it was analyzing the new military threat.
The Biden administration’s special representative on North Korea said Tuesday that “the United States has no hostile intentions toward the country”. He added that Washington wanted the DPRK to “respond positively to many of our proposals to meet without any preconditions.”
Japan’s prime minister described the September 15 ballistic missile tests by North Korea as a threat to peace and “disgraceful”.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times