Seoul: On Tuesday, North Korea fired several suspected cruise missiles towards the sea, said the South’s military. As per the Joint Cheifs of Staff, multiple projectiles were fried from Munchon in the east of the country. It was said to be short-ranged cruise missiles.
The test comes a day before the nuclear-armed North marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of the current leader Kim Jong Un.
It also comes a day before the South holds parliamentary elections, and at a time when the world’s attention has been largely focussed on the coronavirus pandemic, which Pyongyang insists it has so far escaped.
North Korea has been repeatedly testing ballistic missiles over the years. Cruise Missiles travel at low altitudes – sometimes just a few meters above the surface which makes it difficult to detect and track.
The North possesses ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) that are capable of reaching the whole of the US mainland.
Tuesday’s missiles traveled over the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, before coming down in the water, the JCS said.
“South Korea and US intelligence authorities are closely analyzing related issues,” they added.
The test was conducted when the world was suffering from a global coronavirus pandemic. The total confirmed cases touched 2 million and 119,483 deaths are recorded.