North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile

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North Korean state media released this image of the new cruise missile

North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media said on Monday.

Launches staged over the weekend saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km (930 miles) away, according to KCNA.

The test does not violate UN Security Council resolutions – they have lead to tough sanctions on North Korea in the past.

But it suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis.

The test of the cruise missile provides “strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military manoeuvres of the hostile forces,” KCNA said.

The US military said that the test showed North Korea’s “continuing focus on developing its military programme and the threats that poses to its neighbours and the international community”.

UN Security Council sanctions forbid North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, which are considered to be more threatening.

North Korea last tested such missiles in March, which triggered a strong rebuke from the US, Japan and South Korea. (BBC)

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