The regime of North Korea launched this Tuesday several cruise missiles to the yellow sea (called west sea in both Koreas) in what represents the third test of this type in the last week, reported the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) South Korean.
He Army South Korean “detected several cruise missiles of unknown type released by North Korea to him west sea around 07:00 (22:00 GMT on Monday) today, Tuesday, January 30, and the intelligence authorities of the Republic of Korea and USA “They are carrying out a detailed analysis in this regard,” explained the J.C.S. it’s a statement.
“Our Army is cooperating closely with the USAwhile strengthening tracking and surveillance and closely monitoring North Korea’s activities,” he added.
This is the third launch of this type carried out by the regime in the last few days after rehearsals with cruise missiles Pulhwasal-3-31 (‘Fiery Arrow-3-31’) held on January 24 and 28, respectively in the Yellow Sea and the sea of japan (East Sea in both Koreas).
The North Korean dictator himself, Kim Jong-unwitnessed the test on January 28, in which Pyongyang He claimed to have shot from a submarine the Pulhwasal-3-31which would have made a flight of more than two hours.
For its part, Seoul indicated that he is considering the possibility that the regime exaggerated the duration of the flight of the projectiles and did not want to confirm whether they were launched from a submarine or a submerged platform.
Unlike their ballistic counterparts, cruise missile tests not prohibited under current UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
Cruise missiles tend to be jet propelled and they fly at lower altitudes than more sophisticated ballistic missiles, making them more difficult to detect and intercept.
Over the course of this month, the North has stepped up its weapons tests, including what it called a “underwater nuclear weapons systems” and a hypersonic ballistic missile with solid fuel.
North Korea unveiled in September its new submarine ‘Hero Kim Kun-ok‘, theoretically capable of launching projectiles of different types, including cruise missiles.
Experts believe that The Pulhwasal could be a third version of the cruise missiles Hwasal (‘Arrow’) and that the number 31 would refer to the fact that they can carry the tactical nuclear warhead Hwasan-31 (‘Volcano-31′), whose existence was first revealed last year.
This new test is occurs in a context of great tension with South Koreaafter what Kim Jong-un recently stated that the neighboring state is “the main enemy” and that reconciliation between both countries is impossible and then order the destruction of an iconic monument in Pyongyang that extolled a future reunification of the peninsula.
(With information from EFE and AFP)