N. Korea confirms test-firing of KN-24; Kim Jong-un not in attendance
Updated: 2022-01-18 09:04:53 KST
North Korea confirmed a few hours ago that it test-fired a tactical guided missile on Monday to confirm the accuracy of weapons systems currently in production.
For more, we have our North Korean affairs correspondent Kim Dami on the line.
Dami, what do you have for us?
Mark, North Korea has confirmed that it test-fired what it appears to be the regime's KN-24, the regime's version of a U.S. army tactical missile system.
The KN-24 is typically launched from a caterpillar or vehicle-type Transporter, Erector and Launcher(TEL) equipped with two launch tubes.
And the missile is known to fly on a complicated trajectory to evade interception.
The test-firing of the KN-24 on Monday marked the fourth launch of its kind following two in August 2019 and one in March 2020, when Kim Jong-un did attend.
The North's state media reported the Academy of Defense Science staged the launch to confirm the accuracy, security and efficiency of the weapons system under production, with two guided missiles precisely hitting a target in the East Sea.
Considering Monday's missiles were selected randomly to be tested, it is expected the North has confirmed the missile performance and will expand weapons production.
Since Monday's launch was neither for unveiling a new weapon or staging a final test-launch leader Kim Jong-un was not in attendance, for what's already the fourth show of force of the new year.
Pyeongyang carried out what it claims to be hypersonic missile tests on the 5th and 11th this month and launched two KN-23 missiles just last Friday.
Experts say the latest round of missiles clearly indicates the North will not be pushed around by the U.S.' strong confrontation, which includes the blacklisting of six North Koreans for being involved in the North's weapons programs.
That's all I have for now.
Back to you, Mark.