According to the BBC, North Korea has successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile to hit Japan. The examinations took place over two days, on Saturday and Sunday.
“The launched long-range cruise missiles flew 1,500 kilometers for 7,580 seconds along the oval and figure-eight flight tracks set in our state's territory and territorial air before hitting the targets,” according to KCNA Watch.
The development of long-range cruise missiles, according to the government, was a "strategic weapon of great significance" that met the goal of the five-year plan for the development of defense technology and military systems.
A missile was released through one of the five tubes on a vehicle, according to photos published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
“The test-firing met the demands of technical indices such as thrust of the newly developed turbofan engine, design in missile flight control, and accuracy of the last-stage guiding and hitting by combined guidance,” according to KCNA.
On the other hand, the US military said on Sunday that North Korea's missile launches posed a threat to the country's neighbors.
According to AFP, the US Indo-Pacific Command said, "This activity highlights DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats it poses to its neighbors and the international community."
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, slammed the US and South Korea for undertaking military drills in March. Kim Yo Jong warned the US against future provocations in North Korea's first statement directed at the new Joe Biden administration.