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Sunday, May 28, 2017

North Korea tests anti-aircraft weapon system

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system, state media said Sunday, according to AFP.
 
The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim "watched the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system", which was aimed at "detecting and striking different targets flying from any direction".
 
The agency did not give the exact date and location of the drill.
 
The announcement marks the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang, which has continued to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests in violation of UN sanctions.
Just last week, North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile , which it claimed was also supervised by Kim.
 
Pyongyang first tested the new weapon system in April last year when some defects had been discovered, but Kim said the latest test verified that all glitches had been "perfectly overcome", KCNA said.
 
The efficiency of the weapon system "to detect and track targets has remarkably improved and its hitting accuracy has also increased" compared to last year, the young leader was quoted as saying.
 
Kim expressed his satisfaction with the test, according to KCNA, saying, "(It) should be mass-produced to deploy in all over the country like forests so as to completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air, boasting of air supremacy and weapon almighty."
The West is concerned that North Korea may be on a path to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
 
North Korea has declared that it could test-launch an ICBM “at any time” from any location set by its leader Kim Jong Un, though it remains unclear whether any of its recent tests have been of an ICBM.