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North Korea says Kim supervised cruise missile tests

 

October 13, 2022

Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via Associated Press

In this photo provided on Oct. 10, 2022, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, inspects what it says a ballistic missile test held during Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, 2022 at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised tests of long-range cruise missiles, which he described as a successful demonstration of his military's expanding nuclear strike capabilities and readiness for "actual war," state media said Thursday.

Wednesday's tests extended a record number of weapons demonstrations this year by North Korea, which has punctuated its testing activity with threats to preemptively use nuclear weapons against South Korea and the United States if it perceives its leadership as under threat.

Analysts say Kim is exploiting the distraction created by Russia's war on Ukraine, using it as a window to accelerate arms development as he pursues a full-fledged nuclear arsenal that could viably threaten regional U.S. allies and the American homeland.

https://www.startribune.com/north-korea-says-kim-supervised-cruise-missile-tests/600215213/

 

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