North Korea fires new anti-aircraft missile in latest test, state media say
It was North Korea’s second known weapons test this week after the launch of an unprecedented hypersonic missile on Tuesday. It has also fired ballistic missiles and a cruise missile with potential nuclear capabilities in recent weeks.
The tests highlight North Korea’s development of increasingly sophisticated weapons, raising the stakes in efforts to get it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for easing US sanctions.
The Academy of Defense Sciences, a North Korean military weapons developer, said the test aimed to confirm the practical functionality of the missile launcher, radar, full combat command vehicle and combat performance. , according to the official KCNA news agency.
He added that the missile has key new technologies such as dual rudder control and a dual impulse flight engine.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have missed the test, which was instead overseen by Pak Jong Chon, a member of the powerful political bureau and Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party.
“The remarkable combat performance of the new type of anti-aircraft missile with characteristics of rapid reactivity and guiding precision of the missile control system as well as the substantial increase in the distance of downed air targets has been verified,” he said. KCNA said, citing the academy.
Pyongyang has argued in recent weeks that its weapons tests are aimed at boosting its self-defense capabilities as others are doing, accusing the United States and South Korea of ”double standards” and “hostile policies” to respect.
Kim on Wednesday said he had no reason to attack South Korea and was ready to reopen inter-Korean hotlines next month. But he criticized the administration of US President Joe Biden for using “more cunning means and methods” in pursuing a hostile policy while offering dialogue.
Analysts say the northern carrot and stick approach is aimed at securing international recognition as a nuclear-weapon state and driving a wedge between the two allies, keeping an eye on the president’s desire. South Korean Moon Jae-in of a diplomatic legacy before the end of his term. in May.
The Biden administration has said it has no hostile intentions towards North Korea and called on Pyongyang to accept its offers of talks to break the deadlock on the denuclearization negotiations.