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North Korean leader Kim conduct testing of multiple rocket launchers

North Korean leader Kim conduct testing of multiple rocket launchers

North Korea supervised by leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, has conducted multiple testing of rocket launchers, firing tactical guided weapons into the East Sea in a military drill according to North’s state media reporting on Sunday.

They reported that the reason for the testing was to check the performance of “large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons by defense units,” the Korean Central News Agency said.

Photographs released by KCNA showed the tactical guided weapons fired could be a short-range, ground-to-ground ballistic missiles, according to Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Korea’s Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies.

UN has been against such missile lunching, at least it would not involve long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the United States.

The new, solid fuel ballistic missiles can fly as far as 500 kilometers (311 miles), putting the entire Korean Peninsula within its range and are capable of neutralizing the advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system (THAAD) deployed in South Korea, the military analyst said.

The South Korean defense ministry, however, put the range of weapons fired on Saturday at between 70 to 240 km (44 to 149 miles).

Reuter 

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