North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile. This was reported by the agency“Rönnhap” citing the Korea Central Telegraph Agency. TsTAK called the tests successful, specifying that high-ranking officials of the country were present at them.
According to the DPRK, the development of a new type of missile was carried out for two years. During the tests on September 11 and 12, the missiles flew 1,500 kilometers, hit their targets and fell into the territorial waters of the DPRK. The CTAC writes that the new missiles are “a strategic weapon that is extremely important.” According to an expert quoted by Reuters, the designation of the missile as “strategic” indicates that it is being developed for a nuclear warhead.
In March, the DPRK announced the testing of two new tactical guided missiles of a new type. Experts then linked the missile launches to preparations for negotiations with the United States after the change of the American administration. Negotiations between Kim Jong-un and Biden’s predecessor as president of the United States, Donald Trump, came to an impasse after the North Korean leader demanded the lifting of sanctions against his country in response to Pyongyang’s partial curtailment of its nuclear program.
In late August, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in an annual report suggested that the DPRK could restart its experimental nuclear reactor at a research center in Yongbyon.
In August, the DPRK severed ties with South Korea in response to joint military maneuvers with the United States. Pyongyang called the exercise a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and accused South Korean President Moon Jae In of “betrayal.”