North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new tactically guided weapon
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Sunday it had successfully tested a newly developed tactically-guided weapon, the latest in a series of launches that came just after the country passed its largest state anniversary without a planned military parade, which he typically uses to unveil provocative weapon systems.
The latest testing activity came amid fears that North Korea may soon carry out a larger provocation, such as a nuclear explosive test, in a bid to expand the country’s nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on rivals amid stalled diplomacy.
Korea’s official Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un observed the launch, which it said would boost the effective functioning of the country’s tactical nuclear forces and the firepower of its long-range artillery corps. .
The dispatch suggested that the weapon being tested is likely capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but KCNA did not elaborate. He also did not specify when or where the launch took place.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Sunday that it detected two rounds of projectile fire from the North eastern coastal town of Hamhung early Saturday evening.
He said the projectiles traveled about 110 kilometers (68 miles) at an apogee of 25 kilometers (16 miles) and at a top speed of Mach 4. The statement said South Korean and American intelligence authorities are analyzing details additional on launches. He said South Korean officials separately held an emergency meeting to discuss the launches.
North Korea has started this year with a series of weapons tests, including its first flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017. South Korean and US officials have said Pyongyang may soon launch provocations extras like another ICBM test, a rocket launch to put a spy satellite into orbit, or even a nuclear test explosion that would be the seventh of its kind. South Korea’s military said it detected signs that North Korea was rebuilding tunnels at a nuclear testing ground it partially dismantled weeks before entering now-dormant nuclear talks with states United in 2018.
Sunday’s KCNA dispatch cited Kim as presenting unspecified tasks to bolster North Korea’s military and nuclear combat capabilities after hailing what it called successive progress in its efforts to bolster North Korea’s deterrent power. the country’s war.
On Friday, Kim attended a massive civil parade in Pyongyang that marked the 110th birth anniversary of his state’s founding grandfather, Kim Il Sung. It looks like the country went through its biggest holiday without a planned military parade to showcase its new weapon systems.