Published: 13:04, May 18, 2024
DPRK test-fires tactical ballistic missile using new navigation system
By Xinhua
This photo provided by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea government the test fire of a tactical ballistic missile at an undisclosed place in the DPRK, May 17, 2024. (KCNA/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

SEOUL – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducted a test fire of a tactical ballistic missile using a new autonomous navigation system in its eastern waters on Friday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
The accuracy and reliability of the autonomous navigation system were verified through the test fire, the KCNA reported on Saturday.

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Kim Jong-un, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs of the DPRK, oversaw the test fire and expressed his satisfaction over the military strategic value as a result of the independent development and successful introduction of the autonomous navigation system, said the report.

In this photo provided by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea government, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (right) oversees a test fire of tactical ballistic missile at an undisclosed place in the country, May 17, 2024. (KCNA/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)
In this photo provided by the DPRK government, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (second left) visits a defense industrial complex at an undisclosed place in the country, May 17, 2024. (KCNA/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

Also on Friday, Kim visited a defense industrial complex responsible for the production of major weapons and equipment, during which he learned about the technologies of newly updated weapons and equipment and expressed his pleasure with "the remarkable progress" made by the enterprise, according to another KCNA dispatch.

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Noting that the security risks posed by enemy forces with their reckless military confrontation moves have made the DPRK more strictly aware of the necessity of bolstering its nuclear war deterrent, the DPRK top leader stressed the need to continue to expedite efforts for building up the country's nuclear force "without halt or hesitation", the report said.