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North Korea says it tested ‘very large’ cruise missile warhead and new anti-aircraft missile

Seoul, South Korea — North Korea announced on Saturday that it had tested a “very large” cruise missile warhead and a new anti-aircraft missile in a western coastal area, as it develops its military capabilities in the face of growing tensions with states. -United and South Korea.

North Korean state media said the country’s missile administration on Friday conducted a “power test” for the warhead designed for the Hwasal-1 Ra-3 strategic cruise missile and a test launch of the Pyoljji-1-2 anti-aircraft missile. He said the tests had achieved an unspecified “definite goal.”

Photos published by North Korea’s official news agency show at least two missiles fired from launch trucks onto a runway.

North Korea conducted a series of similar tests on February 2, but did not specify at the time the names of the cruise missile or anti-aircraft missile, indicating that it may be seeing technological progress after testing the same system for weeks.

KCNA insisted that Friday’s tests were part of the North’s regular military development activities and had nothing to do with the “surrounding situation.”

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest level in years as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un steps up weapons demonstrations, including more powerful missiles aimed at the U.S. mainland and U.S. targets in the Pacific. The United States, South Korea, and Japan responded by expanding their combined military training and refining their deterrence strategies built around U.S. strategic assets.

The cruise missiles are part of a growing collection of North Korean weapons designed to overwhelm regional missile defenses. They complement the North’s extensive range of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles aimed at the continental United States.

Analysts say anti-aircraft missile technology is one area where North Korea could benefit from deeper military cooperation with Russia, as the two countries align over their separate and escalating confrontations with the United States. The United States and South Korea have accused North Korea of ​​supplying artillery shells and other equipment to Russia to help it expand its war operations in Ukraine.

ABC News

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