North Korea said Friday that it just test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile — its second weapons launch this week and at least the fourth in a month.
A photo in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed the country’s latest missile ascending into the sky from a launch vehicle late Thursday.
The missile test was a “remarkable combat performance” and included twin rudder controls and other new technologies, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
The test was “of very practical significance in studying and developing various prospective anti-aircraft missile system,” KCNA said.
The launch “verified” the missile’s “features of rapid responsiveness and guidance accuracy” as well as a “substantial increase in the distance of downing air targets,” KCNA said.
The missile resembles the Russian-made S-400 air-defense system, which has a range of 250 miles and is reportedly capable of intercepting stealth jets, Seoul professor Kim Dong-yub told The Associated Press.
Hermit Kingdom despot Kim Jong Un did not appear to have attended the test, which was instead overseen by Pak Jong Chon, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful politburo and Central Committee.
The test was just two days after Tuesday’s launch of a previously unseen hypersonic missile in the country.
North Korea has also test-fired ballistic missiles and a cruise missile with potential nuclear capabilities in recent weeks.
The recent missile tests ended a six-month lull and appear aimed at pressuring South Korea to persuade the US to relax sanctions that are crippling the North.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that South Korean and US intelligence authorities monitored moves by North Korea but didn’t elaborate.
With Post Wires