North Korea says it has successfully tested a new long-range missile

North Korea carried out successful long-range cruise missile tests over the weekend, its state media outlet, KCNA, said on Monday amid a protracted clash with the United States over denuclearization.

The missiles flew 1,500 km (930 miles) before hitting their targets and landing in the country’s territorial waters during tests conducted on Saturday and Sunday, KCNA said.

The development of missiles provides “the strategic importance of possessing another effective deterrent to more reliably guarantee the security of our state and vigorously contain military maneuvers by hostile forces,” KCNA said.

The test launches were observed by high-level officials, KCNA said, adding that the tests were carried out “successfully.”

The lonely North has long accused the United States and South Korea of ​​”hostile policy” toward Pyongyang.

Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for relief from US sanctions have stalled since 2019.

( Jowhar with REUTERS and AFP)

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