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North Korea tests ‘combat’ missile


North Korea has successful­ly fired a new anti-aircraft missile, state media said Friday, the latest in a flurry of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed nation.

The anti-aircraft missile had a “remarkable combat performanc­e” and included twin-rudder controls and other new technologi­es, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

A picture in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed the missile ascending at an angle into the sky from a launch vehicle (pictured) on Thursday.

It is the latest in a series of tension-raising steps by Pyongyang, which has hitherto been biding its time since the change in US administra­tions in January.

In September, North Korea launched what it said was a longrange cruise missile, and earlier this week tested what it described as a hypersonic gliding vehicle, which South Korea’s military said appeared to be in an early stage of developmen­t.

KCNA also reported this week that the North’s leader, Kim Jongun, decried Washington’s repeated offers of talks without preconditi­ons as a “petty trick” in a speech to the country’s rubberstam­p parliament, accusing the new administra­tion of continuing the “hostile policy” of its predecesso­rs.

South Korea’s defence ministry told AFP it was unable to immediatel­y confirm the latest launch.

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Picture: AFP

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