North Korea test fires new long-range missile and hits target 1,000 miles away

North Korea has claimed it has successfully completed a test-fire for a new type of long-range cruise missile over the weekend.

Its state media claimed on Monday that the missile flew 930 miles before hitting its target.

The missiles landed in the country’s territorial waters with tests carried out on both Saturday and Sunday.

The launch was witnessed by leaders of the Worker's Party of Korea and other leading officials and scientists from the defence sector.

It comes after North Korea conducted a cruise missile test just hours after US President Joe Biden took office in late January.

It comes after a top US military commander issued a stark warning to North Korea and said "I'm ready 24/7, 365" if the missile is launched.

Gen. Glen VanHerck said America "continues to be ready to respond, should North Korea elect to launch a missile", in a briefing on Friday.

He told reporters in a Department of Defense press briefing: "I'm ready 24/7, 365, if…North Korea decides to launch a ballistic missile.

"I'm confident in our capabilities.

"We continue to be ready to respond, should North Korea elect to launch a missile.”

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The test comes after the country has threatened to expand its nuclear program if the United States doesn't withdraw its hostile policy on the North.

Talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in exchange for US sanction relief have stalled since 2019.

The test announcement came just a day before chief nuclear negotiators from the United States, South Korea and Japan meet in Tokyo to explore ays to break the standoff with North Korea.

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In August, the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country appeared to have restarted operations at its nuclear reactor that had been shut down for three years.

The missile is a strategic weapon that has been developed over the past to years as a key element of a five-year plan outlined in January to advance defence scene and arsenals, KCNA said.

KCNA said the test provides “strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military manoeuvres of the hostile forces.”

“In this course, detailed tests of missile parts, scores of engine ground thrust tests, various flight tests, control and guidance tests, warhead power test etc. were conducted with success.”

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