The “highly intelligent” rockets accurately detected and hit their target in what Kim called a “milestone” in bolstering the naval force, the official Korean Central News Agency said Monday.
North Korea said its leader Kim Jong Un watched a test-firing of newly deployed anti-ship rockets, just over a month after the country claimed its navy tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The “highly intelligent” rockets accurately detected and hit their target in what Kim called a “milestone” in bolstering the naval force, the official Korean Central News Agency said Monday. It did not say when or where the drill took place nor did it provide the specifications of the rockets.
In February North Korea said it test-fired another anti- ship rocket in a drill overseen by Kim. The leader also watched a submarine firing a ballistic missile at sea, KCNA reported in early May. South Korea has downplayed the May firing as an ejection test that marks an initial stage in the development of a submarine-launched missile.
North Korea is banned from testing or developing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council resolutions imposed for its nuclear tests and long-range rocket launches. The country’s foreign ministry said Sunday it would continue rocket launches to put satellites in orbit. The U.S. and South Korea have called North Korea’s rocket launches tests of long- range ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear warheads.