North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as possibly the country’s first such weapon with a nuclear capability.
Almost immediately South Korea released its first underwater-launched ballistic missile (shown here), test-fired from a 3,000-ton-class submarine at an undisclosed location in the waters of South Korea on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, a senior North Korean official in her own right, responded to South Korea’s tests and President Moon Jae-in’s remarks by warning that they risked the “complete destruction” of ties between the two countries.
Earlier in the week, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the East Sea (also called the Sea of Japan) – just hours before South Korea’s submarine missile test on Wednesday.
North Korea’s launch tested a new type of cruise missile that reportedly traveled nearly 1,000 miles to its target and may be capable of carrying a small nuclear weapon. The missile’s range and appearance share at least superficial similarity with the United States’ 40-year-old Tomahawk cruise missiles.
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In other news, the North Koreans are reporting that they can fire from a train. Here, A rocket is seen released during a drill for the Railway Mobile Missile Regiment.
North Korean state media claimed the “train mobile projectile system is an efficient counter-striking methods” as well as can “deal a hefty strike” to opponent pressures.