Defence & Security News - North Korea
|Friday, June 27, 2014 03:58 PM|
|North Korea has test-fired a new high-precision tactical guided missile.|
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Friday, June 27, 2014, that it has test-fired "newly developed cutting-edge ultra-precision tactical guided missiles." DPRK leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-fire at the central monitoring post, according to the official KCNA news agency, which lauded the new weapons as "another shining success" in the efforts to manufacture "high-precision, lighter, automatic and intelligent weapons and equipment."
A North Korean missile unit takes part in a military parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang, April 25, 2007.
The test-fire also helped the Korean People's Army (KPA) get "the master key" to producing world-class short-, medium- and long-range guided weapons and maximize their striking precision and power, the KCNA added.
Kim "expressed great satisfaction" with the results and expressed the belief that his country would "manufacture more ultra-precision tactical guided weapons capable of taking the decisive initiative in any operation and battle of modern warfare."
The test, the KCNA added, came at a time when the United States, South Korea and other allied forces are becoming "extremely reckless in the moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and unleash a war of aggression."
The KCNA did not specify when it took place, but South Korean media reported Thursday that the DPRK fired three short-range projectiles into its eastern waters.
"The rockets were fired in succession from coastal areas near its eastern city of Wonsan at around 5 p.m. in a northeastern direction, and landed in international waters," South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying.
A JCS official said the range appeared to be "some 190 km" and that they were looking into what types of rockets were used.