Kim expresses satisfaction with “success” of strategic cruise missile launch test

09/09/2023 PYONGYANG, Sept. 10, 2023 — Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), attends the celebration in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, Sept. 8, 2023. The DPRK held a paramilitary parade and a national meeting to celebrate the country’s 75th founding anniversary, said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday. POLITICS Europa Press/Contact/KCNA

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, expressed this Monday his satisfaction with the “success” in the launch of several strategic cruise missiles from a submarine into the Sea of ​​Japan during the previous day and in a context of increased tensions on the Korean peninsula. The North Korean authorities have confirmed the test, supervised by Kim himself and which had previously been detected by the South Korean General Staff, and have reported that the two ‘Pulhwasal-3-31’ missiles flew for 7,421 and 7,445 seconds respectively. before reaching its goal, according to North Korea’s state agency KCNA. Likewise, Pyongyang has assured that the launch has not endangered neighboring countries and that it has “nothing to do” with the current regional situation, despite the fact that it is in line with North Korea’s recent decision to train “quickly” its naval fleet to carry and launch nuclear weapons with the intention of “defending the country’s maritime sovereignty” against “threats.” This is the second cruise missile launch by North Korea so far this year, after it tested strategic ‘Pulhwasal-3-31’ cruise missiles towards the Yellow Sea on Wednesday. The January 24 launch was Pyongyang’s first launch of cruise missiles since September 2023, when it tested two long-range strategic cruise missiles with simulated nuclear warheads. However, ten days earlier it had launched a solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile with a hypersonic warhead into the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the East Sea. Recently, the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea approved abolishing the reunification committees, considering that it has been a “serious anachronistic error” to continue considering Seoul as “a partner for reconciliation and reunification” due to its decision to seek to overthrow to Kim Jong Un’s government while partnering “with external forces.”

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