North Korea Tests New Long Range Missile

N. Korea new released missile [photo : KCNA]

North Korea says it carried out a series of successful tests, of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, as the country continues to expand its military capabilities, amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

The cruise missiles, which had been under development for two years, successfully hit targets 1,500km away on Saturday and Sunday, before falling into the North’s territorial waters. The North launched its new weapons as a “strategic weapon of great significance”, that meets leader Kim Jong U.N’s call to strengthen the country’s military might.

However, they do not violate UN Security Council resolutions – they have led 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 was of “strategic significance” as a deterrence measure to guarantee North Korea’s security and to “strongly contain” hostile forces’ military manoeuvres, KCNA said.

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