September 24, 2021

Why North Korea tested new cruise missiles days after a military parade

Tests may have aimed at boosting morale and building up capabilities, rather than sending message to US, experts say

North Korea’s reported long-range cruise missile tests over the weekend sought to boost  domestic morale but have potentially larger implications for its ongoing weapons development and geopolitical considerations, experts told NK News on Monday.

North Korea’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Monday that missiles tested on Sept. 11 and 12 flew 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) for over two hours. The report said the projectiles were a “strategic weapon” developed over the past two years.