N. Korea says it test-fired tactical ballistic missile with new guidance technology

North Korea said Saturday it has test-fired a tactical ballistic missile equipped with a new “autonomous” navigation system in a bid to advance its weapons capabilities.

The North’s leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the weapons test on Friday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The report did not reveal further details such as how many missiles were fired.

“The accuracy and reliability of the autonomous navigation system were verified through the test fire,” the report said.

The South Korean military said Friday it detected the North’s firing of several short-range missiles from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan. The missiles flew about 300 kilometers and landed in the East Sea, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It marked the first weapons test since April 22, when North Korea fired shells from 600-mm super-large multiple rocket launchers, considered to be short-range ballistic missiles, toward the East Sea.

The provocation came one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian Pre
sident Vladimir Putin reaffirmed their support for North Korea during their summit in Beijing. The leaders adopted a joint statement opposing “acts of military intimidation” against North Korea by the U.S. and its allies.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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