North Korea tests long-range cruise missile

North Korea tests long-range cruise missile

The U S military said Sunday that the recent missile tests conducted by North Korea posed threats to the country’s neighbors and beyond.

“This activity highlights DPRK’s continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats that poses to its neighbors and the international community,” a statement from US reads.

As per the North Korean state media, the country had test-fired a new ‘long-range cruise missile’ on Saturday and Sunday.

This comes amid a longstanding freeze in ties with the US over its nuclear program.

The missiles travelled 1,500-kilometer flight paths — including figure-of-8 patterns — above North Korea and its territorial waters to hit their targets, as per the official Korean Central News Agency.

A report calls the missile a ‘strategic weapon of great significance.’ Adding that the tests were successful and it gives the country ‘another effective deterrence means; against hostile forces.

Furthermore, North Korea is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

At the same time, Pyongyang is not banned from developing cruise missiles.

As per a US Indo-Pacific Command statement, the United States would continue to monitor the situation.

Moreover, South Korea and US are treaty allies. There are around 28,500 US troops stationed in S. Korea to defend it against its neighbour.

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