Pyongyang reported on the successful testing of a “new tactical guided weapon” overseen by Kim Jong-un. South Korea decided to convene an emergency meeting of the country's Security Council announced the launch of two projectiles by the DPRK towards the Sea of Japan” />
North Korea on Saturday, April 16, launched two projectiles towards the Sea of Japan. This was announced by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, reports Yonhap.
According to the military, the missiles flew at a height of 25 km, the maximum speed — Mach 4. The shells flew 110 km.
Seoul believes that North Korea has tested upgraded KN-23s modeled after the Russian Iskander missile system. Their flight range is 400-600 km. Immediately after the launch, the military and intelligence of South Korea held an emergency meeting, reports Yonhap. In addition, the authorities decided to convene an emergency meeting of the country's National Security Council.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), for its part, reports that North Korea has successfully tested a “new tactical guided weapon.” in the presence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He “highly appreciated the results of scientific research in the defense sphere”, and also gave instructions for “further strengthening the country's defense capability.”
On March 20, Seoul reported four DPRK shots from multiple launch rocket systems into the Yellow Sea.
In late January, Pyongyang confirmed the launch of the Hwasong-12 medium-range ballistic missile. Earlier, after a series of new missile launches, the United States proposed imposing new UN sanctions against the DPRK. Washington, Tokyo and Seoul emphasize that North Korean missile launches violate Security Council resolutions.
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At the end of March, Kim Jong-un said that only impressive offensive weapons can properly protect the country, and promised that the state will continue to develop more powerful weapons and arm the army. Pyongyang also threatened to use nuclear weapons in response to military actions from Seoul; at the same time, the DPRK declares that it opposes the war with South Korea and does not consider it an enemy.
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