The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new “railway-borne missile system” designed as a potential counter-strike to any forces that threaten the country, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday.
The missiles flew 800 km (497 miles) before striking a target in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, KCNA said.
On Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese authorities said they had detected the launch of two ballistic missiles from North Korea, just days after it tested a cruise missile that analysts said could have nuclear capabilities. here
The North Korean launches came the same day that South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) here, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system.
The two Koreas have been in an increasingly heated arms race, here with both sides unveiling more capable missiles and other weapons.
“The railway-borne missile system serves as an efficient counter-strike means capable of dealing a harsh multi-concurrent blow to the threat-posing forces,” said Pak Jong Chon, a North Korean marshal and member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, who oversaw the test, according to KCNA.