According to state media, North Korea tests cruise missiles launched from submarines

North Korea tests submarine-launched cruise missile

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured on the right inspecting a test launch of Pulhwasal-3-31 in North Korea on Sunday, January 28, 2024. The image was given by the North Korean authorities. © Korean Central News Agency via AP

The North Korean military tested a strategic cruise missile that was still in development on Sunday, according to official media.

The missile was launched from a submarine. Along with other military officials, Kim Jong Un, the leader of the reclusive country, oversaw the test, according to a Monday statement from the official Korean Central News Agency.

According to the article, they planned to expedite the nuclear armament of their navy, which includes this test. The missile that was tested is known as Pukguksong-3; the nation tested the same kind of strategic missile from land last week. “Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction with the test results,” the official media said.

Kim is seen watching the testing from a cozy spot above the water in photos that were made public by state media on Monday. Image revealed indicates that during the test, Kim may have gestured at a missile in flight.

According to the official media, the missile struck a target on a far-off island after passing over the East Sea. This launch happened last Wednesday, following another Pukguksong-3 missile test, according to official media. State media said that neither test affected any “neighboring” countries when it was announced.

This test has occurred during a period of increased cooperation between the United States, South Korea, and Japan, according to reports from official media.

As part of their expanding cooperation, the three nations assert that they exchange real-time information and analysis on military operations in the area.

The United States Department of State issued an appeal on Wednesday for North Korea to “avoid provocative, destabilizing actions and to return to diplomacy.”

“We are eager not only to manage military risks but also to engage in substantive discussions on ways to establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, including the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” spokeswoman Vedant Patel said during a news briefing.

North Korea said on Monday that Kim underlined to his military advisors that “nuclear armament of the navy is an essential task that must be carried out in a timely manner.” Kim stressed the need to “expand the area of operation for the operation of state nuclear deterrence and realizing important tasks arising in the process of realizing the nuclear armament of the navy.”

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