North Korea Test-Fires New Long-Range Missile, Officials Say

North Korea test-fired what it called a “new type long-range cruise missiles” over the weekend, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sept. 13.

According to KCNA, North Korea conducted the test-launches on Sept. 11 and 12 “successfully” in the presence of several top leaders and scientists, but it did not mention leader Kim Jong-un being present.

The missiles traveled for over two hours “along an oval and pattern-8 flight orbits” above North Korea and its territorial waters and hit targets 1,500 kilometer away, KCNA said.

Describing the missiles as “a strategic weapon of great significance,” the report said that the weapons gave North Korea “another effective deterrence means” for the security of its state and against “hostile forces.”

“In all, the efficiency and practicality of the weapon system operation was confirmed to be excellent,” the report said.

The recent missile test launches were the first by North Korea since last March.

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