FILE PHOTO – The North Korean flag flies over a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, October 2, 2014. Reuters/Dennis Balibus/File picture
September 12, 2021
by Hynohei Shino
Seoul (Reuters) – North Korea conducted a successful long-range cruise missile test over the weekend, its state media, KCNA said on Monday, amid a protracted standoff with the United States over nuclear disarmament.
KCNA said the missiles covered 1,500 km (930 miles) during tests on Saturday and Sunday before hitting their target and falling into the country’s waters.
The KCNA stated that the development of the missiles provides “the strategic importance of having a more effective deterrent means to more reliably guarantee the security of our state and to firmly deter the military maneuvers of hostile forces”.
The reclusive North has long accused the United States and South Korea of a “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang.
Talks aimed at ending the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for US sanctions relief have been stalled since 2019.
(Reporting by Hyonhei Shin; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney)