Monday, September 13, 2021

N. Korea says test-fired new long-range missile, US warns of ‘threats’ to neighbours - France24

 North Korea test-fired a new “long-range cruise missile” over the weekend, state media reported Monday, with the United States saying the nuclear-armed country was threatening its neighbours and beyond.

Pictures in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed a missile exiting one of five tubes on a launch vehicle in a ball of flame, and a missile in horizontal flight.

Such a weapon would represent a marked advance in North Korea’s weapons technology, analysts said, better able to avoid defence systems to deliver a warhead across the South or Japan—both of them US allies.

The test launches took place on Saturday and Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The missiles travelled 1,500-kilometre (about 930 miles), two-hour flight paths—including figure-of-8 patterns—above North Korea and its territorial waters to hit their targets, according to KCNA.

Its report called the missile a “strategic weapon of great significance”, adding the tests were successful and it gave the country “another effective deterrence means” against “hostile forces”...AFP




  1. North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media said on Monday.

    Tests staged over the weekend saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km (930 miles) away, according to KCNA.

    However, it does not violate UN Security Council resolutions - they have lead to tough sanctions on North Korea in the past.

    But it suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis.

    The test of the cruise missile provides "strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military manoeuvres of the hostile forces," KCNA said.

    1. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired new type of long-range cruise missiles on Saturday and Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday.

      The launched long-range cruise missiles traveled for 7,580 seconds along oval and pattern-8 flight orbits in the air above the territorial land and waters of the DPRK and hit targets 1,500 km away, the report said.

      The development of this weapon system "holds strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces against the DPRK," the report noted.

      The development of the long-range cruise missile "has been pushed forward according to the scientific and reliable weapon system development process for the past two years" and 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, according to the report.

      "In all, the efficiency and practicality of the weapon system operation was confirmed to be excellent," the KCNA said.

    2. Pak Jong Chon, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, watched the test-launches with some leading officials and scientists in the field of the national defence science, it added.

      Pak stressed the need for the field of the national defence science to go all out to increase the defence capabilities, the war deterrence of the country and keep making achievements in meeting the grand and long-term targets of securing war deterrence, the report said.

  2. A Coreia do Norte efetuou com sucesso um teste com um novo "míssil de cruzeiro de longo alcance" durante este fim de semana.

    Os disparos do teste, efetuado no sábado e no domingo, decorreram na presença de altos responsáveis norte-coreanos, indicou a agência de notícias do país, a KCNA, que também confirmou o sucesso dos ensaios.

    Os mísseis percorreram uma trajetória de 1.500 quilómetros, antes de atingirem o seu alvo, não especificado.

    Várias resoluções do Conselho de Segurança da ONU proíbem a Coreia do Norte de prosseguir os seis programas de armamento nuclear e de mísseis balísticos.

    Apesar de atingido por múltiplas sanções internacionais, o país reforçou nos últimos anos as suas capacidades militares sob a direção de Kim Jong-un.

    A Coreia do Norte procedeu a diversos ensaios nucleares e testou com sucesso mísseis balísticos com capacidade de atingirem os Estados Unidos.

  3. North Korea's tests of a new long-range cruise missile on September 11 and 12 do not violate UN Security Council resolutions, an informed military source in Seoul told TASS on Monday.

    "The Security Council did not impose any restrictions on the development or testing of cruise missiles by North Korea, which pose a lesser threat than ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear charge, including across the ocean," the source noted.

    Considering this, "it is unlikely that any reciprocal steps will follow" from the international community, the source added.


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