Nko TV broadcasts images of missile launch from train
North Korea said on Thursday it had successfully launched ballistic missiles from a train for the first time and continued to bolster its defenses, after the two Korean missiles were tested hours apart in a power duel. military.
Wednesday’s launches highlighted a return of tensions between rivals amid a prolonged standoff in US-led talks to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons program.
The official Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang said the missiles were fired during an exercise by an “embarked missile regiment” that transported the weapons system along the railroad tracks in the mountainous region of center of the country and accurately struck a sea target 800 kilometers (500 miles) away. .
State media showed what appeared to be two different missiles coming out of wagon launchers engulfed in orange flames along tracks surrounded by dense forest.
A rail-based ballistic system reflects North Korea’s efforts to diversify its launch options, which now include various vehicles and ground-based launch pads, and may eventually include submarines. Firing a missile from a train could increase mobility, but some experts say North Korea’s simple rail networks crossing its relatively small territory would be quickly destroyed by enemies during a crisis.