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North Korea Affirms Missile Launch, Commits to Reinforcing Nuclear Deterrence

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North Korea has test-fired a tactical ballistic missile equipped with a “new autonomous navigation system,” as confirmed by state media on Saturday.

Leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, with the mission focused on evaluating the system’s accuracy and reliability, according to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

This launch marks the latest in a series of increasingly sophisticated tests by North Korea, which has conducted trials of cruise missiles, tactical rockets, and hypersonic weapons in recent months.

These activities are presented by the nuclear-armed, UN-sanctioned country as efforts to bolster its defense capabilities.

The Friday launch occurred shortly after leader Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, rejected allegations by Seoul and Washington suggesting North Korea’s weapons were being shipped to Russia for use in the conflict in Ukraine.

Seoul’s military identified the test as “several flying objects presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles” launched from North Korea’s eastern Wonsan area into waters off the Korean Peninsula’s coast.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the suspected missiles traveled approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) before landing in waters between South Korea and Japan.

KCNA reported on Saturday that the autonomous navigation system’s accuracy and reliability were validated during the test, with leader Kim expressing “great satisfaction” over the launch.

In a separate report released the same day, KCNA stated that Kim visited a military production facility and emphasized the need to expedite the enhancement of the nation’s nuclear force.

Kim stressed that enemies would hesitate to provoke if they witnessed the nuclear combat posture of North Korea.

These developments occur against the backdrop of escalating tensions in the region, with North Korea’s actions drawing attention from neighboring countries and global powers like Russia and China.

Pyongyang’s continued weapons testing underscores its commitment to advancing its military capabilities amid heightened geopolitical uncertainties.

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