Confirming its first launch of ballistic missiles for about a year, North Korea said Friday that it test-fired new tactical guided missiles the previous day.
The regime's state-run news agency reported that the North's Academy of Defense Science conducted the launch of two missiles that “accurately hit the target” set in the sea some six-hundred kilometers off the east coast.
This is further than Seoul's joint chiefs of staff's analysis of four-hundred fifty kilometers.
Without specifying the projectile type, the North called it a weapons system with an upgraded warhead weight of two.five tons.
Unusually, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not oversee the tests.
Instead, the vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, Ri Pyong-chol, watched over Thursday's launches.
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"It was widely expected that Kim Jong-un would preside over the testing. Instead, he attended a ceremony to break ground for building homes for his people. It's a distribution of work, and he toned down the provocation by not overseeing the tests."
With the Biden administration due to unveil its North Korea policy in the coming weeks, these latest launches also came just four days after the regime fired two cruise missiles into the West Sea.
Thursday's provocation also marks the North's first launch of ballistic missiles since President Biden took office.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.