N. Korean leader Kim oversaw launch of new type of rocket

N. Korean leader Kim oversaw launch of new type of rocket
# 01 August 2019 16:45 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea confirmed Thursday that it fired projectiles the previous day, with state-run media reporting that leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test firing of a "newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system.", APA reports citing Kyodonews.

The rocket system "would be an inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon," the Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying, adding he "expressed satisfaction over the result."

A South Korean military official, however, maintained the previous day's assessment by Seoul that the North had fired two short-range ballistic missiles, judging from their flight characteristics.

The South has said they were fired from the Kalma area near the North's eastern port of Wonsan at 5:06 a.m. and 5:27 a.m. and flew about 250 kilometers while reaching an altitude of about 30 km before falling into the Sea of Japan.

On July 25, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles as a warning against South Korea's plan to carry out a joint military exercise with the United States this month.

The new type of rocket "will play a main role in ground military operations," the news agency said.

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