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North Korea conducts cruise missile warhead test: State media

North Korea conducts a test-launch of a new type of anti-aircraft missile on April 19, 2024.(Photo by KCNA via AFP)

North Korea’s state news agency says Pyongyang has power-tested a new cruise missile featuring a “super-large warhead”.

North Korea conducted a power test for a strategic cruise missile and test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile named Pyoljji [meteor] this week, KCNA reported on Saturday.

The military’s Missile Administration carried out the test on Friday using a “super-large warhead” designed for the “Hwasal-1 Ra-3” strategic cruise missile, and test-launched its new anti-aircraft missile, the “Pyoljji-1-2,” in the Yellow Sea, the state media added.

The Korean Central News Agency noted that a “certain goal” was successfully achieved in the test launch.

“Both tests were part of the regular activities of the administration and its affiliated defense science institutes for the rapid development of technologies ... and had nothing to do with the surrounding situation,” KCNA said in an English-language dispatch.

Also, South Korea confirmed its military forces detected several rounds of cruise missiles and anti-craft missiles fired toward the Yellow Sea at around 3:30 p.m. (06:30) on Friday, and that it is now analyzing their detailed specifications.

“Our military has been closely monitoring signs of North Korea’s provocations and military activities, while maintaining the robust combined defense posture,” South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff stated.

North Korea, which declared South Korea as its “principal enemy” this year, regularly conducts missile tests to advance its military program for defense purposes and Friday’s missile test marked its sixth cruise missile launch this year.

Early this month, North Korea’s military conducted a test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from its eastern coast capable of hitting US military bases in the Western Pacific.

In March, it conducted a ground jet test for a new hypersonic IRBM, specifically focusing on the solid-fuel engine.

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