North Korea said it had launched two tactical guided missiles from a rail platform, in the third weapons test of the Asian country since the beginning of 2022, despite the new sanctions imposed by the United States.
The test, detected by the South Korean army and the Japanese coast guard, served to “check and evaluate competence in action procedures in launching from railway platforms”, indicated the North Korean official agency KCNA.
The launches of these short-range missiles come after the United States this week imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang, who then replied that he will never give up his “right to defend himself”.
In September 2021, North Korea first tested these launches from a rail platform. Friday’s test “demonstrated high maneuverability and hit rate,” according to the agency.
“Deployment of a rail-based missile system across the country is being discussed,” KCNA added.
The launches took place at 14:41 and 14:52 hours, and the missiles traveled a distance of 432 km at a height of 36 km to the east of the Korean peninsula, indicated the chiefs of the South Korean General Staff.
The South Korean Security Council “regretted” this test that “does not contribute to stability on the Korean peninsula at this critical time.”
Despite international sanctions on its weapons and nuclear program, Pyongyang has carried out two tests of alleged hypersonic missiles in recent days, on January 5 and 11.
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