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North Korea Fires A New Cruise Missile, Experts Caution It Might Be Nuclear-Capable

Over the last weekend, North Korea conducted New Long-range cruise missile tests, according to the state media CNA.

The test location is still unknown to the world. It came as the nations’ first test activity after a span of 5 months. While nuclear negotiations between North and USA are paused, the former continues to build its military capabilities.

During flight tests, the newly built “strategic” Cruise missile developed after 2 years, hit targets 1500 km (932)miles away successfully, The Korean Central Agency noted. An interesting point to be noted is that, “strategic” nomenclature is generally used to denote nuclear capable missiles.

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Pyongyang hailed it as a “Strategic weapon of great significance”.

“The military was analyzing the North Korean launches based on US and South Korean intelligence”, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

At the Congress of Workers’ party in January, Kim promised to exercise nuclear deterrence as a response to US sanctions and pressures. The ruler listed long-range Inter-continental ballistic missiles, nuclear powered submarines, spy satellites and tactical nuclear weapons as sophisticated assets for his wish list. Further, he elaborated that his National Defence scientists are formulating an “intermediate range Cruise missiles with the most powerful warheads in the world”.

These tests come as a result to clarify the country’s political demands in an attempt to stand at par with the US and South Korean hostility.

North Korea resumed its tests to force the Biden administration to  support his arsenal for economic benefits, an attempt that failed considerably at the diplomatic front. The Summit between Trump and Kim in 2019 collapsed, as America rejected North’s demand for sanctions relief in exchange for partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Pyongyang fired two short-range Ballistic missiles into sea in March this year, ending an year-long pause. According to analysts, this was done to measure Washington’s response.

“The missiles tested traveled for 126 minutes along an oval and pattern-8 flight orbits above North Korean land and water, before hitting the targets”, reported KCNA.

It further said, “The test launches showed that the technical indices such as the thrust power of the newly developed turbine-blast engine, the missile’s navigation control and the accuracy by the combined guided mode met the requirements of designs. In all, the efficiency and practicality of the weapon system operation was confirmed to be excellent”.

Ordering the country’s Defence scientists to go “all out to increase” the military capabilities, Pak Jong Chon, Kim’s top military official, witnessed the tests in absence of Kim.

Criticizing South Korea and US joint military exercises, Kim’s sister hinted last month at resuming weapons testing by Pyongyang.

The allies defended themselves by terming the drills as defensive and reduced their size to enhance diplomatic exchanges.

Kim’s government demands Washington to do away with its “hostile” policy in order to initiate dialogues.

I'm, pursuing Political Science Honors from the University of Delhi. Although I write on diverse issues, my special interest lies in geopolitics and international relations. As an author, I try to convey the events with clarity and make them easy to grasp for the readers.


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