N.Korea Says It Launched Guided Missiles

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    March 26, 2021 11:12

    A new North Korean tactical guided missile blasts off on Thursday, in this grab from the [North] Korean Central News Agency the following day.

    North Korea on Friday said that it test-fired two new tactical guided missiles a day earlier.

    "The newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile is a weapon system whose warhead weight has been improved to be 2.5 tons," the official [North] Korean Central News Agency said. The two missiles "accurately hit the target" in waters 600 km off the East Coast, it added.

    A day earlier the Joint Chiefs of Staff here responded timidly to the launches, which are banned under UN sanctions.

    "The military detected two short-range projectiles that were fired into the East Sea from Hamju, North Hamgyong Province at around 7:06 a.m. and 7:25 a.m," a JCS spokesman said. He added that U.S. and South Korean intelligence officials were analyzing detailed specifications.

    Only four hours later did the JCS admit that the projectiles were tactical ballistic missiles and added that they traveled a distance of 450 km at an altitude of 60 km.

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