North Korea Test-Fires New Anti-Aircraft Missile, State Media Reports

North Korea test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile on Sept. 30, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, just days after it test-fired a new hypersonic missile.

North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science conducted the test to confirm “the general combat function of the missile and practical ability of the launching pad, radar and combat commanding vehicle,” KCNA said on Oct. 1.

According to KCNA, the academy verified the “remarkable” combat function of the newly developed missile, adding that the test was of “great practical significance” in the country’s development of different kinds of anti-air missile system.

The recent launch comes as the second known weapons test this week, coming after a test-launch of a new hypersonic missile last Sept. 28. It also comes as the fourth in under a month after weapons test of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in recent weeks.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un did not appear to have attended the test launch. Instead, Pak Jong Chon, a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, oversaw the launch, according to KCNA.

The test launch came a day after Kim offered to restore an inter-Korean hotline next month.

Kim also accused the United States of proposing talks without changing its “hostile policy” towards North Korea.

“The U.S. is touting ‘diplomatic engagement’ and ‘dialogue without preconditions,’ but it is no more than a petty trick for deceiving the international community and hiding its hostile acts,” Kim said on Sept. 29, according to KCNA.

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