North Korea Successfully Tests New Tactical Ballistic Missile with Super-Large Warhead

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North Korea’s successful test of the Hwasongpho-11 Da-4.5 missile, capable of carrying a 4.5-ton warhead, marks a significant advancement in its missile technology.

Bollywood Fever: North Korea announced on Tuesday that it successfully tested a new tactical ballistic missile capable of carrying a 4.5-ton super-large warhead. The test, conducted on Monday, was reported by the state news agency KCNA.

South Korea had earlier reported the launch of two ballistic missiles by North Korea, noting that the second missile likely failed and exploded in flight over land. However, KCNA did not mention the second missile.

According to KCNA, the test of the new tactical ballistic missile, named Hwasongpho-11 Da-4.5, was carried out with a simulated heavy warhead to verify its flight stability and accuracy. The nature of the simulated warhead was not detailed.

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In a rare disclosure, KCNA announced that North Korea’s Missile Administration plans to conduct another launch of the same missile type in July to test the “explosion power” of the super-large warhead.

The Hwasongpho-11, also known as Hwasong-11 or KN-23/KN-24, is a series of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) developed by North Korea. South Korea’s military reported that the first of the two missiles launched on Monday appeared to be a KN-23, which flew about 600 km (373 miles).

The KN-23 missile is reportedly the same type that North Korea has allegedly supplied to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine, according to Ukrainian authorities who have examined debris from missiles launched by Russia since December. Both North Korea and Russia deny any arms trade, despite their rapidly developing ties following meetings between their leaders in September and June.

South Korean officials suggest that North Korea’s recent short-range ballistic missile launches might be intended to demonstrate its capabilities to potential buyers. The second missile launched on Monday flew approximately 120 km before likely falling inland in North Korea, according to South Korea’s military.

North Korea has been actively developing a range of ballistic missiles in recent years, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), all identified with the Hwasong designation, which is Korean for Mars.

In other news, KCNA reported that the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, led by Kim Jong Un, concluded four days of policy meetings. Kim highlighted progress in the industrial and agricultural sectors for the first half of the year and set goals and strategies for the second half. Unlike previous meetings, there was little mention of defense or foreign policy, with the report only stating that Kim gave directions for the armed forces.

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