North Korea confirmed today, Friday, that it conducted a test-launch day of “two new-class tactical guided missiles,” according to the official North Korean Central News Agency.
The agency said that the North Korean Academy of Defense Sciences carried out the experiments on Thursday and considered them “very successful.”
The two missiles successfully hit their targets in waters 600 km off the coast. The new weapons system can carry a 2.5-ton warhead, according to the report.
Vice Chairman of the Workers ’Party’s Central Military Commission Ri Byung Chol, who oversaw the launch, said the weapons system was” of great importance in enhancing the country’s military strength and deterring all kinds of military threats existing on the Korean Peninsula. ”
Pyongyang launched what is believed to be its first ballistic missile since Joe Biden took office, prompting the US president to pledge to respond if the rogue nuclear state continues to escalate.
North Korea is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations resolutions. And strict international sanctions were imposed on Pyongyang to deter it from continuing to develop missiles that could be equipped with nuclear warheads.
For his part, South Korean President Moon Jae said that North Korea’s firing of two guided missiles would make it difficult for the resumption of dialogue in such an undesirable environment, according to Yonhap News Agency.
President Moon also acknowledged that “citizens are very concerned” about North Korea’s launching of these missiles, calling for more dialogue between Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul.
Two short-range missiles were launched from the North Korean town of Hamjo in the early hours of Thursday morning. The missiles covered a distance of 450 km, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean Army.
Japan condemned the missile test, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for new negotiations on the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
This is the second missile launch by North Korea in a week. Pyongyang fired two cruise missiles off its western coast last Sunday.
The missile test came on the heels of the joint military exercises of the armed forces of South Korea and the United States.
Leadership training, which lasted nine days, and did not include field training, was concluded last week.
Kim Yoo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, who has strong influence in the country, condemned the military exercises and accused the new US administration of wanting to stir up trouble as a first step.
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