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North Korea tests new tactical weapon

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversees the test. Photo: KCNA

This launch by Pyongyang was carried out in the context that Seoul and Washington are preparing to kick off their annual spring drills from tomorrow (April 18).

South Korea’s presidential office announced to convene a meeting of the National Security Council today to discuss North Korea’s latest launch. According to information from the South Korean military, the country detected North Korea launching two objects into the East Sea at 2pm on April 16. The object, most likely this rocket, flew 110 km with a maximum speed of Mach 4 (4 times the speed of sound), the highest point of the trajectory of motion is about 25 km above the ground.

Meanwhile, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) today reported that Chairman Kim Jong-un oversaw the test-firing of a new tactical guided weapon. According to KCNA, the newly tested weapon is of great significance in drastically improving the firepower of the long-range artillery units at the frontline, reinforcing the effectiveness of the DPRK’s tactical nuclear operations as well as diversifying the military’s nuclear weapons. combat mission. KCNA said the test-fire was successful, although it did not give further details on when the operation was carried out.

The announcement came about three weeks after North Korea conducted its largest test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017.

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