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North Korea test-fires 4 strategic cruise missiles

ANKARA: North Korea on Friday (24th of Feb 2023) confirmed that its forces successfully test-fired four strategic cruise missiles in the country’s eastern region a day earlier, state-run media said.

Four “Hwasal-2” strategic cruise missiles were launched toward the East Sea of Korea from the area of Kim Chaek City in North Hamgyong Province, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

“The four strategic cruise missiles precisely hit the preset target on the East Sea of Korea after traveling the 2 000km (1,242 miles)-long elliptical and eight-shaped flight orbits for 10 208s to 10 224s,” it added.

While the sub-unit of a strategic cruise missile unit of the Korean People’s Army also conducted firepower training at hardened sites without live firing.

Meanwhile, the North Korean Foreign Ministry again slammed the US on Friday for using the UN Security Council as a platform against Pyongyang.

“The U.S. should bear in mind that if it persists in its hostile and provocative practices against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) despite the latter’s repeated protest and warning, it can be regarded as a declaration of war against the DPRK,” Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of US Affairs, threatened in a statement.

“The U.S. should perceive intuitively and accept the consequences to be entailed by it,” Kwon added.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.