Date
11 December 2017
North Korea says its leader Kim Jong-un personally oversaw the nation's latest missile tests. Photo: Reuters
North Korea says its leader Kim Jong-un personally oversaw the nation's latest missile tests. Photo: Reuters

North Korea test-fires ‘newly developed’ missiles

North Korea announced Friday that it has test-fired “newly developed cutting-edge ultra-precision” tactical guided missiles, with top leader Kim Jong Un guiding the launches at a central monitoring post.

Pyongyang’s state media hailed the new weapons as “another shining success” in the nation’s efforts to manufacture high-precision, lighter, automatic and intelligent weapons and equipment,” China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

The test-fire came as the United States, South Korea and other allied forces “are going extremely reckless in the moves to isolate and stifle [North Korea] and unleash a war of aggression”, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency was quoted as saying.

Pyongyang did not specify when the test-fire took place, but South Korean media reported Thursday that North Korea fired three short-range projectiles into its eastern waters.

“The rockets were fired in succession from coastal areas near its eastern city of Wonsan at around 5 p.m. in a northeastern direction, and landed in international waters,” Yonhap news agency quoted South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.

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