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North Korea test-fires long-range cruise missile: KCNA

SEOUL (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – North Korea carried out successful long-range cruise missile tests over the weekend, its state media, KCNA, said on Monday (Sept 13), amid a protracted standoff with the United States over denuclearisation.

The missiles flew 1,500km (930 miles) before hitting their targets and falling into the country’s territorial waters during the tests held on Saturday and Sunday, KCNA said.

The development of the missiles provides “strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces,” KCNA said.

The reclusive North has long accused the United States and South Korea of “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang.

Talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in return for US sanctions relief have stalled since 2019.

Last week, North Korea staged its first military-style parade since Joe Biden became US president, with leader Kim Jong Un presiding over an event where displays of his state’s weaponry were scaled down from previous exhibitions.

There were no ballistic missiles, which are faster and harder to intercept than cruise missiles, on show. South Korea’s defence ministry declined to comment on the news. 

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