North Korea tests first ‘strategic’ long-range cruise missile

North Korea successfully tests newly developed long-range cruise missiles.  This is months after the failure of the nuclear talks with the US.  The state-owned Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles had reached their target at a distance of 1,500 km. Pictures of the experiment were also released.  North Korea has described the missiles as “a strategic weapon of great importance.” The analysts say that the project is possibly the country’s first such weapon with a nuclear capability. 

North Korea has said that the step was taken to increase military power. Other than the long-range cruise, Ballistic missiles have not been experimented with. Meanwhile, North Korea’s cruise missiles usually generate less interest than ballistic missiles because they are not banned under U.N. Nations Security Council Resolutions. The test which was conducted in the country highlighted steady progress in Pyongyang’s weapons program.

Nevertheless, the U.S. military says the test is a challenge to the international community.  Neighboring country Japan has also made it clear that it is a matter of concern.  North Korea resumed missile tests in March, which had been suspended for a year in the wake of the Covid wave.  During a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party last January, Kim Jong Un said the country would strengthen its nuclear defenses and continue to test missiles.