North Korea announced on Monday that it has developed a new control system for multiple missile launchers, which it believes will significantly improve its defense capabilities, reports AFP.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the Pulhwasal-3-31 test in North Korea, according to state mediaPhoto: KCNA via KNS / AP / Profimedia
On Saturday, the Pyongyang Academy of Defense Sciences successfully conducted a “ballistic control test on 240 mm shells fired by a multiple rocket launcher” in order to develop a “control system” for this type of weaponry, reported the official KCNA press agency, according to News.ro.
The new missile launcher will be “re-evaluated” and its role should be increased on the battlefield, KCNA said.
Nuclear-armed North Korea this year designated South Korea as its “main enemy”, closed down agencies dedicated to reunification and threatened to go to war over any violation of its territory.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reiterated on Friday that Pyongyang would not hesitate to “finish off” South Korea in the event of an attack, describing Seoul as “its main hostile nation and its unchanging enemy”.
In January, North Korea fired live artillery near two islands bordering South Korea, which ordered residents to evacuate and responded with artillery drills.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has vowed a firm response in the event of an attack by Pyongyang, telling his military to “act first, report later” in the event of a provocation.
The South Korean leader has stepped up defense cooperation with the US and Japan since coming to power in 2022, including expanding joint exercises to counter growing threats from Pyongyang.