14 août 2022

North Korean projectile spotted in the Sea of Japan

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In addition to test-firing a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The South Korean military said North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea yesterday, two days after Pyongyang announced the successful test firing of a new long-range cruise missile.

According to a statement from the Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pyongyang, which has nuclear weapons, fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan.

The release was not detailed in the statement, nor was the type of device, the distance travelled, but more importantly, whether there were other multiple projectiles.

Technological breakthrough

According to analysts, if it is confirmed that these cruise missiles belong to North Korea, it will represent its technological advance.   

They would now be more difficult to intercept and would pose a real threat to South Korea and Japan, two US allies.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, the missiles fired at the weekend flew 1,500 km on two-hour flight paths, tracing figure-eights over North Korea and its territorial waters to reach their targets.

Several UN Council resolutions ban North Korea from pursuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. But Pyongyang is not subject to a ban on cruise missile production.

During the Kim Jong-un regime, North Korea has rapidly developed its military capabilities in recent years despite numerous international sanctions.

Pyongyang has conducted numerous nuclear tests and successfully tested ballistic missiles that could reach the US.

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