Supreme leader mon­i­tored mis­sile test

The Myanmar Times - - World -

NORTH Korea said yes­ter­day its lat­est bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests tri­alled det­o­na­tion de­vices for pos­si­ble nu­clear strikes on Amer­i­can tar­gets in South Korea and were per­son­ally mon­i­tored by supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

The test fir­ing of three mis­siles in vi­o­la­tion of ex­ist­ing United Na­tions res­o­lu­tions on July 19 was seen as an an­gry re­ac­tion to the planned de­ploy­ment of a United States mis­sile de­fence sys­tem in the South.

The launch of the two Scud mis­siles and one in­ter­me­di­ate-range Rodong was con­demned by the US, Ja­pan and South Korea.

The tests were or­dered and mon­i­tored by Mr Kim and the range of the mis­siles was lim­ited to sim­u­late pre-emp­tive at­tacks on South Korean ports and air­fields host­ing US mil­i­tary “hard­ware”, the North’s of­fi­cial KCNA news agency said.

The tests “ex­am­ined the op­er­a­tional fea­tures of the det­o­nat­ing de­vices of nu­clear war­heads mounted on the bal­lis­tic rock­ets at the des­ig­nated alti­tude over the tar­get area”, it said. –

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