Published: 09:31, April 17, 2022 | Updated: 12:50, April 17, 2022
DPRK leader observes test-firing of new tactical guided weapon
By Xinhua

This undated handout picture released from DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 17, 2022 shows DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un as he observes the test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon in DPRK. (STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

PYONGYANG / SEOUL - Kim Jong-un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, observed the successful test-firing of a new-type tactical guided weapon, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.

Without mentioning the date of the event, the report said the new-type tactical guided weapon system is of great significance for "drastically improving the firepower of the frontline long-range artillery units and enhancing the efficiency in the operation of tactical nukes."

Kim highly praised the national defense scientific research sector for its continuous successes "in attaining the core goals of securing the war deterrent set at the 8th Party Congress," and extended warm congratulations to the research team

On the occasion, Kim highly praised the national defense scientific research sector for its continuous successes "in attaining the core goals of securing the war deterrent set at the 8th Party Congress," and extended warm congratulations to the research team, the report added.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday that the DPRK launched two projectiles into eastern waters on Saturday.

The JCS said in a statement that it detected two projectiles that were fired from the Hamheung area towards eastern waters at about 6:00 pm local time Saturday (0900 GMT).

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The projectiles flew about 110 km at a maximum altitude of some 25 km and a top speed of Mach 4.

Following the launch, the military, the intelligence agency and the presidential National Security Office assessed the situation and discussed countermeasures through an emergency meeting, according to the JCS.

President Moon Jae-in has been briefed on the situation and instructed relevant officials to thoroughly manage security situations, according to the presidential Blue House. 

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