‘Tactical guided missile’: North Korea apparently tests new weapon system

Status: 04/17/2022 07:02

North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new type of tactical guided missile. State media reported that the development of this weapon system increases the effectiveness of the use of “tactical nuclear weapons”.

North Korea says it has tested a new weapons system that will increase the effectiveness of its tactical nuclear weapons. The “new type of tactical guided missile” is “of great significance in significantly improving the firepower of artillery units at the front and increasing the effectiveness of the use of tactical nuclear weapons”, the agency reported. KCNA state press.

According to this, leader Kim Jong Un was present at the test. Kim gave a military research team “important instructions on how to further expand defense capabilities and nuclear combat troops,” KCNA reported. Photos published by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed a smiling Kim applauding as he watched the weapon’s test firing.

Apparently activities at nuclear test sites

The South Korean armed forces general staff confirmed the test and initially mentioned two “projectiles” that North Korea fired at sea on Saturday evening (local time). They traveled about 110 kilometers. Experts suspected that they could be short-range ballistic missiles. UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range, which, depending on their design, can also carry a nuclear warhead.

The United States recently warned of a possible North Korean nuclear weapons test around North Korea’s National Day, April 15. Pyongyang has not tested any nuclear weapons since 2017. More recently, however, leader Kim had a whole series of missile tests carried out, and the military also fired an ICBM for the first time since 2017.

Satellite images also show signs of new activity in a tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. North Korea recently threatened South Korea to use nuclear weapons in the event of a preemptive attack.

North Korea has tested nuclear weapons six times since 2006 and in 2017 announced the success of its most powerful test – a hydrogen bomb with an estimated yield of 250 kilotons. Experts assume that Pyongyang is now focusing on reducing warheads so that they can be mounted on its ICBMs.

North Korea tests new guided missile

Peter Hornung, ARD New Delhi, 17 April 2022 06:41

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