North Korea’s Kim oversees ‘super-large’ rocket launcher drills

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw firing drills involving ‘newly-equipped super-large’ multiple rocket launchers, state media said Tuesday, a day after Seoul said Pyongyang had fired several short-range ballistic missiles.

The United States and South Korea wrapped up one of their major annual joint military exercises last week, prompting angry retorts and live-fire drills from nuclear-armed Pyongyang, which condemns all such exercises as rehearsals for invasion.

Seoul’s military said Monday it had detected the launch of ‘multiple short-range ballistic missiles’ by the North, as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the South Korean capital for talks.

The super-large multiple rocket launcher, referred to as KN-25 by the Seoul-Washington military, is a short-range ballistic missile, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The North has claimed the weapon has the capability to be equipped with a tactical nuclear warhead.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim guided the drills on Monday that tested the ‘real war capabilities’ of 600 millimetre multiple rocket launchers as he stressed the importance of ‘war preparations’.

The drills also involved simulating an aerial explosion of a shell from the super-large multiple rocket launcher at a predetermined altitude above the target, KNCA said…”

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