World North Korea Conducts Second Missile Test in Less Than Week
N.Korea says it tested new railway-borne missile system to strike 'threatening forces'
N.Korea says it tested new railway-borne missile system to strike 'threatening forces'SEOUL (Reuters) -The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any forces that threaten the country, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday.
(Bloomberg) -- North Korea test-fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles, in Pyongyang’s second major weapons test in less than a week.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into waters off the eastern coast of the peninsula Wednesday afternoon. That matched a separate statement from the Japan Coast Guard, saying it had detected two projectiles that landed outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
The launch comes after North Korea said it fired off new, long-range cruise missiles over the weekend in the latest sign the regime was trying to bolster its capability for nuclear strikes against Japan and South Korea.
North Korea Again Asked by U.S., Others to Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Missiles
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim asked for North Korea to "respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions."Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, calling on North Korea to enter diplomatic relations to discuss its weapons a day after Pyongyang announced successful tests of new long-range missiles.
The tests come months after North Korea stepped up its ability to produce fissile material. The United Nations nuclear watchdog said North Korea had resumed from around July plutonium-producing operations at its Yongbyon nuclear facility.
The U.S.’s nuclear envoy, Sung Kim, met with Japanese and South Korean counterparts Tuesday in Tokyo. Meanwhile, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has been discussing North Korea’s nuclear program during a trip to Seoul.
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What N Korea's missile test means for the world .
Though cruise missiles are not banned by the UN, this test presents new problems for other nations.Cruise missiles, unlike ballistic missiles, can swerve and turn through most of their flight - allowing them to attack from unexpected angles.