SEOUL — 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.
But some analysts are saying North Korea’s touted missiles appear to be Russian designs.
The announcement of the tests 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…
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