The Pionyang regime confirmed Tuesday an artillery exercise with long-range projectiles carried out on Monday and in which its top leader, Kim Jong-un, participated.
According to the official North Korean agency KCNA, the test demonstrated “precision” in the launch of projectiles, but did not specify where the type of weaponry was used.
As reported by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday, the launch of at least two projectiles occurred from the vicinity of the city of Wonsan, off the coast of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas).
The projectiles flew a distance of about 240 kilometers and reached an approximate height of about 35 kilometers, according to reports from South Korean military sources.
In the information published by KCNA Kim is seen standing at the ballistic test site, having a North Korean Army officer behind him with his face partially covered by a black mask, possibly because of the measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
Monday’s was the first long-range weapons test in North Korea since Kim announced in the New Year that her country is developing a new “strategic weapon.”
Pionyang conducted thirteen weapons tests in 2019, the year marked by the failed Hanoi summit, in which Washington considered Pionyang’s disarmament offer insufficient and refused to lift its sanctions.
Since then, the talks about denuclearization between both parties remain stuck.