Supreme leader monitored missile test
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. –