North Korea tests rail-borne missile system

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North Korea tests rail-borne missile system

Dramatic images captured the moment North Korea test-fired a new “railway-borne missile system” to defend against any forces that threaten Kim Jong Un’s Hermit Kingdom.

The missiles flew almost 500 miles Wednesday before striking a target in the sea off the country’s east coast, Reuters reported Thursday, citing the state news agency KCNA.

“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 member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, who oversaw the test, KCNA reported.

Newly released images show a missile rising on a column of smoke and flame from the roof of a train parked on tracks in a mountainous region.

South Korea said the missiles were fired from the central inland area of Yangdok.

“Rail mobile missiles are a relatively cheap and reliable option for countries seeking to improve the survivability of their nuclear forces,” Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, said on Twitter.

Missile launched from train.
Images show a missile rising on a column of smoke and flame from the roof of a train parked on tracks.
KCNA via REUTERS
Missile launched from train.
The missiles were reportedly fired from the central inland area of Yangdok.
KCNA via REUTERS

“Russia did it. The US considered it. It makes a ton of sense for North Korea,” he added.

The rail system could possibly set the stage for developing one capable of launching a larger, nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Reuters.

The launches came as South Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system, according to Reuters.

Missile launched from train.
The rail system could possibly set the stage for developing one capable of launching a larger, nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile.
KCNA via REUTERS

On Wednesday, South Korea and Japan said they had detected the launch of two ballistic missiles from North Korea, just days after it tested a cruise missile that experts said could have nuclear capabilities.

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