TECHNOLOGY: North Korea Fires Its ‘Cutting Edge’ Missiles

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By Eyizle Ene-Okon

The North Korean tests anti-ship missile is

said to have been developed in the country,

Analyst says the missile actually look

similar to Russian Kh-35E anti-ship

cruise missile.

Announcement comes before annual

U.S.-South Korea exercises that draws

heavy criticism from North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

inspects the test-firing of a new type

of “anti-ship rocket.”

North Korea fires ‘cutting-edge’ missiles

North Korea tested what it

described as a new type of “cutting-

edge” anti-ship missile with its leader Kim

Jong Un pictured beaming at the launch,

as shown in state media on Saturday.

But some analysts are saying North

Korea’s touted missiles appear to be

Russian designs.

The announcement of the test also

occurs just weeks before the annual

joint U.S.-South Korea military

exercises, that annually draws colorful

rhetoric and promises of catastrophe

from Pyongyang.

The test-firing took place in the East

Sea and the North Korean media

boasted that its “intelligent rocket

precisely sought, tracked and hit the

‘enemy’ ship after taking a safe flight.”

The South Korean Defense ministry

said five short-range missiles were

fired on Sunday with a range of 200

kilometers (124 miles).

The purpose of the new missiles are

for North Korea to defend its waters

and “strongly react to any attempt of

the enemy’s fleets of warships for

military attack, through close combat

or distant combat,” according to North

Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency.

North Korean media also showed a

beaming Kim standing with military

generals who were applauding. It also

reported that Kim expressed

“satisfaction” over the “highest level” of

rockets being developed in North

Korea.

But that point is being disputed, as one

analytical officer wrote the weapon

appeared to be a Russian Kh-35E anti-

ship cruise missile.

“Whether the KPN (Korean People’s

Navy) acquired the system directly

from Russia or a third party is

unclear,” wrote Joseph S. Bermudez in

the North Korea analysis site, 38

North.

“Should the new system be

successfully integrated into the KPN

and widely deployed it would represent

a significant step towards redressing

the service’s obsolescence and

increasing the threat poised to South

Korean and U.S. Navy vessels in the

region.”

Bermudez also cautioned that this was

only a “potential development” as North

Korea’s military has a “long history of

slow and often poor system

integration.”