Daily US Times: North Korea’s state media reported that the country has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan.
The Tests staged over the weekend which saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km away, according to KCNA.
However, they do not violate United Nations Security Council resolutions – they have led to tough sanctions on North Korea in the past.
But it suggests that North Korea is still capable of developing weapons despite economic crisis and food shortages.
According to KCNA report, the test was of “strategic significance” as a deterrence measure to guarantee North Korea’s security and to “strongly contain” hostile forces’ military manoeuvres.
It is Pyongyang’s first long-range cruise missile that could possibly carry a nuclear warhead, North Korea analyst Ankit Panda said.
UN Security Council sanctions forbid the country from testing ballistic missiles.
The council considers them to be more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry more powerful and bigger payloads, can fly faster and have a much longer range.
A cruise missile is powered by a jet engine and flies at a lower height while a ballistic missile is powered by a rocket and follows an arc-like ballistic trajectory, while
Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said “Japan has significant concerns” and was working with the US and South Korea to monitor the solution.