N. Korea missile tests were new ‘railway-borne system’


Show of strength: A missile is seen launching from a train during a drill in North Korea. — Reuters

SEOUL: The missiles fired by North Korea were a test of a new “railway-borne missile system” designed as a potential counter-strike to any forces that threaten the country, state news agency KCNA reported.

The missiles flew 800km before striking a target in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, KCNA said.

On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities said they had detected the launch of two ballistic missiles from North Korea, just days after it tested a cruise missile that analysts said could have nuclear capabilities.

The North Korean launches came the same day that South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system.

The two Koreas have been in an increasingly heated arms race, with both sides unveiling more capable missiles and other weapons.

The tests by nuclear-armed North Korea drew international condemnation and concern, however, with the United States saying they violated UN Security Council resolutions and posed a threat to Pyongyang’s neighbours.

Meanwhile, The UN Security Council on Wednesday gathered for an emergency meeting about North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test which member states consider a “major threat,” the French ambassador said.

“We all condemned what happened, the tests,” said France’s ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere. — Agencies

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