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North Korea fires railway-borne missiles

2022-01-15 HKT 09:03
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  • Pyongyang's KCNA news agency says the tests were held to "check" the proficiency of the railway-borne regiment. Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS
    Pyongyang's KCNA news agency says the tests were held to "check" the proficiency of the railway-borne regiment. Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS
North Korea fired two railway-borne tactical guided missiles, state media reported on Saturday, the country's third weapons test this month despite a volley of new United States sanctions.

South Korea's military said it had detected the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday afternoon, just hours after Pyongyang accused the United States of "provocation" over fresh sanctions.

The tests were held to "check and judge the proficiency in the action procedures of the railway-borne regiment," Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency said.

North Korea test fired missiles from a train for the first time in September 2021.

Friday's launch "demonstrated high manoeuvrability and rate of hits," KCNA said.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday's launches flew a distance of 430 kilometres at an altitude of 36 kilometres.

It was Pyongyang's third weapons test this month, following what it called two successful tests of hypersonic missiles on January 5 and 11.

In response, the United States imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang this week, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying North Korea was likely "trying to get attention" with the string of missile launches.

Dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang remains stalled, and impoverished North Korea is also under a rigid self-imposed coronavirus blockade that has hammered its economy.

At a key meeting of North Korea's ruling party last month, leader Kim Jong Un vowed to continue building up the country's defence capabilities.

In response to the newly imposed sanctions, Pyongyang accused Washington of "intentionally escalating" the situation, saying it had a "legitimate right" to self-defence, a foreign ministry spokesman told state media. (AFP)