North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new precision guided missile, at the same time as its army threatens a “devastating” retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border.

The launch was watched by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, according to the North’s official KCNA news agency, which hailed the test as a breakthrough in national defence capability.

North Korea is not known to possess a tactical guided missile but analysis of a recent propaganda film suggested it may have acquired a variant of a Russian cruise missile, the KH-35.

KCNA did not specify the timing of the test but it appeared to coincide with the firing on Thursday of what South Korea described as three short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling party, published pictures on Friday of the new missile being tested with Kim in attendance.

South Korea’s defence ministry related the latest test to Pyongyang’s efforts to improve its large-calibre multiple rocket launching (MRL) systems. “The MRL ranges have been extended and guidance capabilities added to the projectiles,” spokesman Kim Min-Seok said… see more

source: Guardian UK