North Korea test-fires precision-guided missiles


North Korea has announced that it has successfully tested its 'newly developed cutting-edge, ultra-precision tactical guided missiles'.

The tests were reportedly carried out on 26 June in the presence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Xinhua reported, citing the KCNA news agency.

"The rockets were fired in succession from coastal areas near its [North Korea's] eastern city of Wonsan at around 5pm in a north-eastern direction, and landed in international waters."

Details about when and where the tests were conducted and what type of missiles were fired have not been disclosed.

However, the South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying: "The rockets were fired in succession from coastal areas near its [North Korea's] eastern city of Wonsan at around 5pm in a north-eastern direction, and landed in international waters."

"Their range is some 190 km, and we are now looking into exactly what type of rockets [were fired]," a JCS official said.

Commenting on the test, Kim was quoted as saying that the country would now be able to 'manufacture more ultra-precision tactical guided weapons capable of taking the decisive initiative in any operation and battle of modern warfare'.

On 29 June, reports emerged that North Korea had test fired two short-range ballistic missiles, presumed to be Scuds with a range of about 500km, into waters off South Korea's east coast.

A JCS official described the tests as provocative, as they were carried out without designating no-sail zones.

Meanwhile, during a regular press briefing, the US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said: "We're monitoring the situation and we're still evaluating the available information to identify the exact type of projectile that may have been launched.

"Obviously we wouldn't agree with any launch, but in terms of the technicality, it depends on what they were."