North Korea test-fires long-range cruise missile -KCNA

Hyonhee Shin, Reuters

Posted at Sep 13 2021 06:01 AM | Updated as of Sep 13 2021 06:10 AM

SEOUL - North Korea carried out successful long-range cruise missile tests over the weekend, its state media, KCNA, said on Monday, amid a protracted standoff with the United States over denuclearization.

The missiles flew 1,500 km (930 miles) before hitting their targets and falling into the country's territorial waters during the tests held on Saturday and Sunday, KCNA said.

The development of the missiles provides "strategic significance of possessing another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces," KCNA said.

The reclusive North has long accused the United States and South Korea of "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang.

Talks aimed at dismantling the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs in return for U.S. sanctions relief have stalled since 2019.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney)

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