North Korea tests strategic cruise missile warhead and new anti-aircraft missile

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20th April 2024 – (Pyongyang) North Korea announced the successful testing of a super-large warhead for its “Hwasal-1 Ra-3” strategic cruise missile and a launch trial of the “Pyoljji-1-2” anti-aircraft missile, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. The tests were conducted on Friday afternoon, signifying advancements in the country’s military capabilities.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), North Korea’s official title, confirmed these developments through its Missile Administration. The strategic cruise missile is reportedly capable of being equipped with a nuclear warhead, highlighting a significant escalation in the nation’s armament technology.

KCNA described the tests as routine activities aimed at the rapid technological enhancement of new weapon systems, including their tactical and technical performance. The news agency stressed that the trials were purely scientific in nature and were not influenced by current regional tensions.

Notably, there were no immediate confirmations of the missile flight by neighbouring countries such as South Korea, Japan, or the United States, which typically monitor and report on such military activities from North Korea.