North Korea on Thursday conducted a missile launch exercise the previous day with a train-mounted missile unit, which confirmed that it was two short-range ballistic missiles fired from a train into the East Sea.
“After reaching the central mountains at dawn on September 15, a missile fired by train took part in an attack on a target area 800 kilometers from its location,” the Korean Central News Agency reported.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that North Korea had accurately hit a target in the East Sea.
According to photos released by state media, the missiles were fired not from a train, but from a tanker launch site.
The launches came just days after North Korea tested a newly developed long-range missile.
The agency said the exercises were “conducted to increase the ability to provide intensive and simultaneous strikes to forces that threaten us during necessary military operations.”
The missile launch test was conducted to determine the “practical application of a train-launched missile system originally used for work” and to determine combat readiness and “effectiveness in the event of a real war”.
Pak Jong Chun, a presidium member of the Politburo of the ruling Labor Party, led recent exercises with other senior officials. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not oversee the missile test.
“Establishing a rail-portable missile system to comply with the principles of the Military Modernization Line and the Eighth Party Congress is of paramount importance in increasing the country’s war defenses,” the Korean Central News Agency was quoted as saying. .
Under UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea has been banned from ballistic missile operations.
The latest test is North Korea’s second missile launch so far this year, and the fifth largest weapons test if naval missile tests are taken into account.
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