North Korea missile launches were test of new railway-borne launching system

Photos released by North Korean state media showed a green missile that rose from the roof of a train when it was launched on a column of smoke and flame, causing widespread international condemnation

State propaganda images published by North Korea are said to show rockets being fired from the roof of a train

The rockets fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new “railroad-based missile system,” according to state propaganda in the hermit country.

Tensions increased on Wednesday as North and South Korea both launched missiles as part of the recent escalation of the arms race in the region.

The missile system designed by Kim Jong-uns’ secret regime was shot down from the roof of a train and tested as a potential counterstrike against all forces threatening the country, North Korea’s KNCA reported.

Photos released by state media showed a green missile rising on a column of smoke and flame from the roof of a train parked on tracks in a mountainous area.

South Korea reported that the rockets had been fired from the central interior of Yangdok.

The missiles flew 800 km before hitting a “target” in the sea off the east coast of North Korea, the state news agency claimed.

The missile was featured in pictures released by the secret country’s state-owned KNCA agency

On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities announced that they had discovered the launch of two ballistic missiles from secret North Korea just days after testing a cruise missile that analysts said may have nuclear capabilities.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described the rocket launch in Pyongyang as “outrageous” and condemned the operation as a threat to peace and security in the region.

They came on the same day that South Korea was testing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), making it the first non-nuclear country to develop such a system.

The two Koreas are in an increasingly heated arms race in which both sides are unveiling new and increasingly powerful missiles
other weapons.

The tests of the nuclear-armed North Korea aroused international condemnation and concern.

The United States said it violated UN Security Council resolutions and posed a threat to Pyongyang’s neighbors.

The missile is launched in a fiery explosion

North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un with his powerful sister and special envoy Kim Yo-jong
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KCNA / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)

The North Korean test was carried out by a railroad-based missile regiment organized earlier this year, the KCNA report said.

“The railroad-based missile system serves as an efficient counter-strike that is able to cope with tough multiple competition
Strike against the threatening forces, “State official Pak Jong Chon said, according to the KCNA.

“Mobile rail missiles are a relatively cheap and reliable option for countries looking to improve the survivability of their nuclear forces,” said Adam Mount, Senior Fellow of the Federation of American Scientists, on Twitter.

“Russia did it. The US was considering it. It makes a lot of sense to North Korea.”

The most recent starts came when the Foreign Ministers of South Korea and China held talks in Seoul amid concerns over North Korean tests and stalled denuclearization negotiations.

When asked about the cruise missile tests, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that all parties should work for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea’s ballistic missile systems have been banned by UN Security Council resolutions.

In November 2017, North Korea tested an ICBM that could reach the entire United States and declared it had become a nuclear power.

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