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Pyongyang touts successful test of ‘new powerful anti-ship cruise missile’
On Thursday, Pyongyang launched a number of missiles which flew about 200 km (124 miles), before descending into the Sea of Japan.
The launch was confirmed Friday by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which boasted about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervising the test.
“The launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea after making circular flights,” KCNA said.
The aim of the missile test, the statement said, was to confirm the functionality of the rocket and the caterpillar pad vehicle carrying it, as well as the weapon system combat application.
“This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK,” the KCNA statement reads.
Following Thursday’s test launch, South Korea said its neighbor is trying to showcase its capabilities in an effort to deter any future joint US-South Korean naval drills.
“We believe North Korea has demonstrated its anti-denial deterrence capabilities in response to the joint military exercise in the East Sea [Sea of Japan],” where USS Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan participated in a joint exercise last month, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-cheon said in a briefing.
South Korea’s presidency said the latest launch could pose a “direct threat” to its national security.
On Wednesday, the head of the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) also warned that Pyongyang’s missile tests in the last six months have become a cause for concern to the US and its allies in the region.
“It is incumbent on us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead,” Vice-Admiral James Syring, director of the MDA, told the House Armed Services Committee. Syring however assured US lawmakers that America has the ability to defend itself against the North Korean threat.
North Korea Fires Multiple Ballistic Missiles
The day before „Berserker Thursday” with its UK elections, Comey testimony and the ECB decision, was supposed to be quiet. Instead we had the first domestic Iran terrorism in decades, Iran vowing revenge on Saudi Arabia, rising Qatar crisis tensions, South Korea telling the US it can go to hell, Syria threatening to strike US forces, the biggest crude crash in months, Germany pulling out of Turkey, Turkey approving the deployment of troops to Qatar, and stocks of course finishing the day higher.
And now, to top it all off, moments ago North Korea fired not one but multiple ballistic missiles, confirming the earlier story from Japan’s Asahi.
North Korea launched a salvo of apparent ballistic missiles from its east coast Thursday, South Korea’s military said.
„North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
It was immediately reported to President Moon Jae-in, it added.
Expect futures to melt up on this latest development in a world whose news cycle no longer takes even one minute off.