The North Korean Army completed testing of a new type of long-range cruise missile this weekend after two years of research.
“The development of the long-range cruise missile (…) has been driven by scientists and the process of developing the reliable weapons system over the past two years, ” detailed the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA , for its acronym in English), according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
In addition, they have added that, among others, detailed tests of missile parts, dozens of rocket engine ignition ground tests, various flight, control and guidance and warhead power tests have also been successfully carried out.
This process, classified by the North Korean government as “a strategic weapon of great importance” , has been developed and refined over the last few years.
North Korea is subject to international sanctions due to its nuclear weapons program , as United Nations resolutions prohibit ballistic missile testing. However, cruise missiles are not subject to sanctions against the Asian country since, unlike ballistic missiles, they use their own propulsion constantly, points out the German agency DPA.
Since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s failed summit with former US President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February 2019, talks to halt the program have stalled.
At a Labor Party congress earlier this year, the Korean president announced that his country would continue on the path of nuclear deterrence with new weapons , including new ICBMs.
In addition, this Thursday the authorities of the Asian country have held a military parade on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the country, although in principle no missiles would have been exhibited.
The event was attended by Kim Jong Un despite the fact that he did not deliver a speech. Images released by various media showed dozens of military personnel and workers in protective overalls against hazardous materials and gas masks, a sign that the authorities could have formed a special force to help stop the advance of the coronavirus.