North Korea's Kim launches Thanksgiving Day missile tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher, state media said on Friday, a launch that experts said showcased improving performance by the system and its crews.
"SUPER-LARGE MULTIPLE-ROCKET LAUNCHER"
North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in a fourth test of its new super-large multiple-rocket launcher, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said told a briefing.
The latest test of the so-called KN-25 missile came as a Thanksgiving Day reminder to the United States of a year-end deadline Kim has set for Washington to show flexibility in their stalled denuclearization talks.
The series of tests since the KN-25 was first unveiled in August show the North Koreans steadily improving their ability to quickly fire multiple rockets from their mobile launch vehicles.
That capability makes it more likely that in case of a war, North Korean rocket crews could speedily deploy, fire and move before being targeted by South Korean or American forces, experts said.