On Thursday, North Korea’s state television aired a video footage of the first successful test launch of a missile launched from a train in a communist country.
The missile was tested at dawn on September 15 and accurately attacked a target area of 497 miles (800 kilometers) off the east coast of North Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency.KCNA).
Authorities reported that the launch was part of a launch training aimed at “verifying the utility of the railroad mobile missile system.” Railroad missiles were transported along railroad tracks in the central region of the country’s mountainous regions.
Rail-based ballistic systems reflect North Korea’s efforts to diversify its launch options and now include a variety of vehicles and ground launch pads, potentially including submarines. Launching missiles from trains can increase mobility, but some experts say that a simple rail network running on North Korea’s relatively narrow territory will soon be destroyed by the enemy in the event of a crisis. Say it will be.
State media showed what looked like two different missiles streaking from a railroad car launcher wrapped in orange flames along a railroad track surrounded by dense forest.
The latest launch training comes the day after Pyongyang tests a new long-range cruise missile, when senior envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea meet in Tokyo earlier this week to discuss nuclear development with North Korean missiles.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby Press conference North Korea’s actions said Wednesday that it violated several UN Security Council resolutions banning communist countries from testing ballistic missiles.
“These activities highlight the volatile effects of North Korea’s illegal weapons program,” Kirby said in the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). I referred and said.
South Korean and Japanese troops have previously stated that two North Korean short-range ballistic missiles have landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone but abroad. The last time a North Korean missile landed in the zone was in October 2019.
North Korea also successfully test-fired a new missile capable of attacking targets 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) away over the weekend, and analysts say the missile may be the first such weapon in the country with nuclear capabilities. Spread the concern.
North Korea has ignored past offers from the Biden administration to resume negotiations to abandon its nuclear program. The United States said it had no hostile intentions after the latest tests and called on North Korea to return to negotiations.
“Our goal is to reduce the threat to the United States and its allies in the region … and we believe we can do that through diplomacy,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price, a Washington reporter. I told the group.
President Donald Trump, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times during his four-year tenure, was the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, but authoritative leaders sanctioned him. Exchange for relief.
Experts say North Korea is building a weapons system to put pressure on the United States in the hope of winning relief from economic sanctions aimed at forcing the abandonment of nuclear weapons.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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