North Korea fires new deadly long-range missile hitting target 1,000 miles away

According to North Korea’s state media, the missile flew 930 miles on Monday before hitting its target in tests over the weekend

The rockets landed in the state’s own waters at the weekend (

Image: State News Agency of North Korea)

North Korea claims to have successfully completed a test fire for a new long-range cruise missile.

According to the secret regime’s state media on Monday, the missile flew 930 miles before hitting its target.

According to the KCNA, the weapons landed in tests on Saturday and Sunday in the country’s own territorial waters.

It was considered the north’s first missile launch after a new short-range tactical missile was tested in March.

North Korea also carried out a cruise missile test just a few hours after US President Joe Biden took office at the end of January.

The latest test showed progress in the Pyongyang weapons program amid a deadlock over talks aimed at dismantling the north’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for easing US sanctions.

State media released footage allegedly from missile tests
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The North Korean State News Agency)

These talks have stalled since 2019.

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Labor Party, published photos of the new long-range cruise missile flying and fired by a transporter erector launcher.

The missile is a strategic weapon developed over the past two years and is a key element of a five-year plan outlined in January to advance defense science and arsenals, KCNA said.

North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un takes part in a military parade
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KCNA via KNS / AFP via Getty Image)

The test offers “strategic importance to have another effective deterrent to ensure the security of our state more reliably and to strongly contain the military maneuvers of the enemy armed forces,” said KCNA.

“This course successfully conducted detailed tests of missile parts, numerous ground thrust tests of engines, various flight tests, control and steering tests, warhead performance tests, etc.”

Earlier this month pictures showed a military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of North Korea
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KCNA via KNS / AFP via Getty Image)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not appear to have participated in the test, and KCNA said it was overseen by Pak Jong-chon, a member of the Labor Party’s powerful Politburo and secretary of the Central Committee.

The withdrawn north has long accused the US and South Korea of ​​”hostile policies” towards Pyongyang.

The test was revealed just a day before the chief negotiators of the US, South Korea and Japan met in Tokyo to explore ways to break the stalemate with North Korea.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is also due to visit Seoul on Tuesday for talks with his counterpart Chung Eui-yong.

Biden’s government has said it is open to diplomacy to denuclearize North Korea, but has shown no willingness to ease sanctions.

Sung Kim, the US envoy to North Korea, said in Seoul in August that he was ready to meet with North Korean officials “anywhere, anytime”.

A reactivation of inter-Korean hotlines in July raised hopes of restarting negotiations, but the North stopped answering calls last month when the annual South Korea-US military exercises began last month, which Pyongyang warned could spark a security crisis.

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