August 08, 2019 11:04
North Korea's launch of missiles on Tuesday aimed to demonstrate the technology of a new tactical guided missile, state media reported Wednesday.
Alongside images of a new Iskander-class short-range KN-23 missile, the North's official Korean Central News Agency claimed, "The missile flew over the capital area and the central inland region and hit a target island in the East Sea with pinpoint accuracy."
Experts have pointed out that the North has finished development of the Iskander-class missile faster than Russia. All but one of the eight Iskander missiles were launched successfully in four tests this year after it made its debut during a military review in February last year.
German missile expert Markus Schiller told VOA, "My question is how can they quickly achieve success like that where others had to put something around 10-15 years of work into that, and North Korea, they always come out of the blue and successful..."
It took Russia some 15 years to perfect the Iskander after it began development in the early 1990s.
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