An independent military division to deploy and operate medium-range ballistic missiles has been established by North Korea, according to a government source in Seoul.

The move indicates North Korea’s determination to continue developing missiles with a range of more than 3,000km, which can hit US military bases in Japan and Guam, according to yonhap news.

The South Korean Government source said that North Korea had set up a division under its Korean People’s Army General Staff charged solely with arranging and controlling new intermediate-range missiles.

The North Korean military has violated a UN Security Council resolution that prohibits the country from engaging in any ballistic missile-related activities.

In 2007, North Korea introduced its first intermediate-range ballistic missile, which was capable of reaching Russia, India and Guam.