Seoul, September 30 (WNN) — North Korea launched a new anti-aircraft missile capable of hitting targets at greater ranges, state media reported on Friday, marking the secret state’s fourth weapons test in the past two weeks.
Tests conducted by the North Academy of Defense Science on Thursday confirmed the missile’s performance as well as the operation of the launcher, radar and command vehicle, according to a report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
According to the report, verified new developments including “twin-rudder control technology” and a “double-impulse flight engine” led to “the rapid response of the missile control system and a substantial increase in guidance accuracy as well as increased range.” Occurred. Downing of air targets.”
According to KCNA, the Academy of Defense Sciences said, “Comprehensive testing will be of great practical importance in the potential research and development of various anti-aircraft missile systems.”
According to a KCNA report, Pak Jong Chon, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party Politburo, was present to oversee the launch. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparently did not attend.
The launch was the latest in a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang, including the firing of a new hypersonic missile on Tuesday and long-range cruise missiles in mid-September, amid stalled talks with the United States.
Kim Jong Un denounced Washington’s “hostile policy” during an address to parliament on Wednesday and called his diplomatic efforts a “small trick”.
Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have repeatedly reiterated that they are willing to meet with their North Korean counterparts without preconditions. There have been no significant talks between the two sides since the February 2019 summit between then-President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ended without a deal.
Pyongyang has softened its tone towards Seoul recently, however, analysts have said the move is an attempt between South Korea and the United States to extract concessions such as sanctions relief before resuming talks.
In his Wednesday address, Kim said he planned to reopen communication lines with Seoul in early October and claimed the north had “neither the purpose nor the cause of provocation”. [S]Korea outside and has no idea of harming it.”
However, Kim criticized the joint US-South Korea military drills and said that Seoul must end its “dual attitude and hostile attitudes and policies” before relations can improve.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has recently insisted on declaring an official end to the Korean War. The 1950–53 conflict ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly last week, Moon said the declaration of the end of the war would mark “irreversible progress in denuclearization and the beginning of an era of complete peace”.
Kim Jong Un’s influential sister Kim Yo Jong called the proposal “an interesting and commendable idea” last week.