In its most recent weapons test, North Korea launched a new anti-aircraft missile.

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In its most recent weapons test, North Korea launched a new anti-aircraft missile.

North Korea test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile capable of striking targets at greater distances, according to state media on Friday, marking the secretive regime’s fourth weapons test in the last two weeks.

According to a report in the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the North’s Academy of Defense Science conducted the test on Thursday, which confirmed the missile’s performance as well as the launcher, radar, and command vehicle’s functionality.

According to the paper, new advancements such as “twin-rudder control technology” and a “double-impulse flight engine” were validated, resulting in a “significant increase in the missile control system’s rapid response and guidance accuracy, as well as the distance of downing air targets.”

According to KCNA, the Academy of Defense Science stated, “The complete test will be of considerable practical relevance in the forthcoming research and development of various anti-aircraft missile systems.”

According to KCNA, Pak Jong Chon, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party’s politburo, was present to monitor the launch. Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, reportedly did not attend.

Pyongyang has conducted a series of military tests, including the launch of a new hypersonic missile on Tuesday and the deployment of long-range cruise missiles in mid-September, amid delayed talks with the US.

During a speech to the North Korean parliament on Wednesday, Kim Jong Un denounced Washington’s “hostile policy” and dubbed its diplomatic outreach efforts “petty antics.”

Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have often stated that they are willing to meet with their North Korean counterparts without conditions. Since a February 2019 meeting between then-President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un concluded without a deal, the two sides have not had any substantive talks.

Pyongyang, on the other hand, has recently softened its stance toward Seoul, which many believe is an attempt to drive a gap between South Korea and the US in order to obtain concessions such as sanctions relief before resuming talks.

Kim said in his Wednesday speech that he wanted to repair severed communications lines with Seoul in early October, and that the North had “neither objective nor cause to anger [S]outh Korea, and no intention to hurt it.”

Kim, on the other hand, slammed joint military exercises between the US and South Korea, saying that before relations can improve, Seoul must abandon its “double-dealing attitude, hostile worldview, and practices.” Article Summary from Nokia News

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