Seoul, August 7: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stated his nation’s latest launches of short-range guided missiles considered to a warning to South Korea and the United States over their joint military exercises that were announced this week, state-run media KCNA reported on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s missile test was the fourth launch under supervision of Kim in less than two weeks that came in the midst of the stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington and US-South Korea joint military drills, although Seoul and Washington played down the launches, according to Reuters.
Kim said the latest missile launch was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the U.S. and South Korean authorities”, as the reports of KCNA.
The “new-type tactical guided missiles”, fired from the North Korean western region, flew across the Korean peninsula over the capital, Pyongyang, and the central inland area to “precisely hit the targeted islet” into the sea off the North Korea’s east coast, according to KCNA. Its also confirmed the analysis of the projectiles by the South Korean military on Tuesday.
The missiles test “clearly verified the reliability, security and actual war capacity” of the nuclear weapons, KCNA added, echoing experts who stated the tests depicted North’s confidence in its nuclear technology.