September 13, 2021 by archyde
13 September 2021, 01:25 GMT
Updated 10 minutes ago
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The official North Korean Agency published this photo of the new missile
North Korea has successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile, its official news agency announced Monday.
The North Korean Central News Agency said the missiles flew for 1,500 kilometers before hitting their targets and falling into the country’s territorial waters.
The agency indicated that the tests were conducted on Saturday and Sunday.
The move comes in the midst of a prolonged standoff with the United States over Pyongyang’s denuclearization.
The agency said that the development of missiles provides “strategic importance to the possession of another effective means of deterrence, in order to ensure the security of our state more reliably, and a strong containment of military maneuvers of hostile forces.”
The reclusive North has long accused the United States and South Korea of pursuing a “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang.
Talks – which were aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic program in exchange for relief from US sanctions – have been stalled since 2019.
And a confidential United Nations report said that North Korea was pursuing its nuclear weapons program, and that several countries believed it “probably developed mini-nuclear bombs, to fit the warheads of its ballistic missiles.”
The report, issued by an independent panel of experts that monitors UN sanctions, said the countries – which it did not name – believed that North Korea’s six previous nuclear tests likely helped it develop mini-nuclear bombs.
Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.
The initial report, seen by Reuters news agency, was submitted to the UN Security Council’s North Korea Sanctions Committee on August 3.
“The DPRK continues its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and the construction of an experimental light-water reactor,” the report said.
The report stated that one member state estimated that “North Korea continues to produce nuclear weapons.”
One country, which it did not name, estimates that North Korea “may be seeking further development of miniaturization in order to allow technological improvements, such as penetration aid packages or, more likely, to develop multiple warhead systems,” the report said.
North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
While the Security Council has steadily strengthened sanctions, UN monitors regularly report that North Korea continues to advance its programs and violate sanctions.
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