The South Korean military announced that North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea, in a fire test, days after Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North “launched an unspecified projectile into the East Sea.”
No other details were immediately available, such as the type of projectile, the distance it traveled, and whether it was more than one.
The missile launched by North Korea last week
This comes days after the official North Korean news agency announced that Pyongyang had successfully test-fired a new long-range cruise missile last weekend, citing “strategic weapons of great importance.”
Pictures published by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Monday showed a missile emerging from one of the five tubes of a launch vehicle like a fireball, and a missile taking off in a horizontal trajectory.
Analysts said that if the launch of these long-range cruise missiles is confirmed, it would represent a technological advance for North Korea, giving it a better ability to avoid defense systems.
The missiles launched last weekend crossed a 1,500-kilometer path over North Korea and its territorial waters before reaching their target, according to the North’s agency.
North Korea successfully tested a new “long-range cruise missile” last weekend, the North’s official news agency announced Sunday.
The test launches were conducted on Saturday and Sunday in the presence of senior North Korean officials, according to the agency, which confirmed that the tests were successful.
The UN Security Council has adopted several resolutions banning North Korea from continuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which it says it needs to defend itself against a US invasion.
But the decisions did not prevent it from developing cruise missiles, on which it conducted previous tests.