North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, state media KCNA reported, the latest in a series of recent weapons tests that have come as denuclearization talks with the United States are at a standstill.
It was North Korea’s second known weapons test this week after the launch of a previously unseen hypersonic missile on Tuesday. It has also fired ballistic missiles with potential nuclear capabilities and a cruise missile in recent weeks.
The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the latest tests, and Washington said it was assessing the missile launch.
The tests shed light on how North Korea is developing increasingly sophisticated weapons, betting on efforts to pressure it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for US sanctions relief.
The Defense Academy of Sciences, a military weapons developer, said the tests were aimed at verifying the practical functionality of the missile’s launcher, radar, comprehensive combat command vehicle and combat performance, the official KCNA news agency reported Friday.
The missile has new flagship technologies such as twin rudder control and double impulse flight engine, it said.
South Korea’s military said a detailed analysis was needed to verify the KCNA report.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not attend the trial, which was overseen by Pak Jong-chon, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful Politburo and Central Committee.
The KCNA quoted the Academy as saying, “The rapid response and guidance accuracy of the missile control system as well as a substantial increase in the distance to downing air targets have verified the remarkable combat performance of the new type of anti-aircraft missile. ” .
North Korea has said in recent weeks that its weapons tests are aimed at boosting its defense capabilities like those of other countries, accusing the United States and South Korea of ”double standards” and a “hostile policy”. has gone.
On Wednesday, Kim said he had no reason to attack South Korea and was ready to reopen the cut-off inter-Korean hotline. But it used “more cunning methods and methods” in pursuing a hostile policy, while proposing a dialogue criticizing the administration of US President Joe Biden.
South Korea’s unification ministry, which is in charge of North Korean affairs, said the North did not respond to the lines on Friday, but vowed to continue efforts to restore channels and resume talks.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not mention North Korea in a speech celebrating the 73rd Armed Forces Day on Friday, but said he was committed to promoting lasting peace while responding strongly to any deadly action. Huh.
Analysts say North Korea’s approach is aimed at gaining international recognition as a nuclear-armed state and creating a rift between the US and South Korea, keeping an eye on Moon’s desire for a diplomatic legacy before his term ends in May. To do.
The Biden administration has said it has no hostile intentions towards North Korea and called on it to accept its proposals for talks to break the deadlock on the nuclear disarmament talks.
“We have made specific proposals for discussion with the North Korean people, but we have yet to receive a response and we stand ready to discuss all issues,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. “We are assessing the specific nature of these launch events.”
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