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Author Hyonhee Shin
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea tested a railroad missile on Friday, KCNA state media reported on Saturday, as the US pushed for new sanctions in a faraway country following its recent arms tests.
Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea say two short ballistic missiles (SRBMs) flew about 430 km (267 miles) to a distance of 36 km (22 miles) when they were flown northeast of the North Korean coast.
The KCNA news agency did not comment on the video, or its method, but said the shooting took place in North Pyongan Province to “see and judge the progress of the railway team.”
The country tested the railway system for the first time last September, saying it was designed as a way to address any threats.
Since New Year’s Day, North Korea has launched three consecutive missions to test weapons. The previous two initiatives involved what government journalists called “hypersonic arrows” that can run very fast and drive after launch.
Just hours before a recent test was carried out, North Korea criticized the United States for pursuing new sanctions in response to a recent arms embargo, calling it a “trigger” and a warning for strong action.
The government of U.S. President Joe Biden handed down its first sanctions against Pyongyang on Wednesday, and called on the UN Security Council to appoint a number of North Korean people and organizations.
North Korea has defended the testing of missiles as its right to self-defense and criticized the United States for deliberately promoting new items and sanctions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not take part in the protest. The KCNA said military leaders ordered a “brief” test and the system hit exactly what was set up on the east coast with “two cleverly directed arrows.”
The plan “showed significant improvement and dynamic impact,” KCNA said, adding that its success led to talks “establishing appropriate railways across the country.”
North Korea has been developing its own weapons system, and promoting suspended negotiations aimed at eliminating its nuclear and ballistic weapons to retaliate against US sanctions.
South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized the recent launch of a telephone call on Saturday and linked answers to recent North arms tests, the state department said.
The two groups highlighted the need to remain prepared and urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.
‘IN THE MAKE OF WORK’
Cheong Seong-chang, North Korea’s head of education at the Sejong Institute in South Korea, said the tests could be “a demonstration of strength” against US sanctions, saying they were unplanned and unpredictable. in the evening.
“It is a message that he will take an ‘eye for an eye’ approach if Washington forces him to accept penalties for testing smaller guns,” Cheong said.
KCNA released images depicting a hive flying with a flame as it was launched from the top of an olive ship in the highlands, before landing on a small island, and sending a cloud of smoke and debris as it hit. .
Although North Korea has borders and sometimes unreliable railways, railroads are a cheap and effective way to keep their nuclear power safe, making it difficult for enemies to detect and destroy them before they are deported, experts said.
Kim Dong-yup, a former South Korean Navy officer who teaches at the University of Seoul in Kyungnam, said North Korea appears to have fired KN-23 SRBMs, which were re-tested in September, when it flew 800 km (497 miles).
The first test in May 2019, the KN-23 was similar to the Russian Iskander-M SRBM, and was designed to prevent missile defense and heavy-duty shooting, experts said.