North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile
Published: 12:54 PM, 13 September 2021 Updated: 12:15 PM, 14 September 2021
KCNA released the image of the new cruise missile; Photo: Collected
North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting most parts of Japan, reported state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday.
Traveling as far as 1500-km (930 miles) away, detailed tests of missile parts, scores of engine ground thrust tests, various flight tests, control and guidance tests, warhead power tests, etc were conducted with “success”, KCNA said.
KCNA added that the test was of “strategic significance” as a deterrence measure to guarantee North Korea’s security and to “strongly contain” hostile forces’ military maneuvers. – reports BBC.
The test announcement comes just a day before chief nuclear negotiators from the US, South Korea and Japan meet in Tokyo to seek military sanctions against North Korea.
However, North Korea did not violate the UN Security Council resolutions, but it suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite “food shortages” and an “economic crisis”, BBC says.
The new missile is North Korea’s first long-range cruise missile that could carry a “nuclear warhead”, according to the country’s analyst Ankit Panda.
Meanwhile, describing the test as “provocative”, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said “Japan has significant concerns” and was working with the US and South Korea to monitor the solution.
According to KCNA, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not appear to have attended the test, however, the Workers’ Party’s powerful politburo and a secretary of its central committee Pak Jong Chon oversaw the missile testing.
Incidentally, UN Security Council sanctions forbid North Korea from testing ballistic missiles. The council considers them to be more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can fly faster.
Source: BBC, Al Jazeera, KCNA