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Sandro Rosell
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

North Korea says its launch of four missiles was exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan

North Korea’s launch of four missiles was a training exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency reported late on Monday, according to AFP.

The isolated country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, supervised the drill and gave the order for it to start, KCNA said.

"Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets", Kim reportedly praised the Hwasong artillery unit that carried it out.

"The four ballistic rockets launched simultaneously are so accurate that they look like acrobatic flying corps in formation, he said," the agency added, according to AFP.

The military units involved are "tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency", KCNA said.

South Korea’s defense ministry initially said the North had fired an "unidentified projectile", but Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later said the reclusive state launched four ballistic missiles, three of which fell into Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone.

"The latest launches of ballistic missiles clearly demonstrate evidence of a new threat from North Korea," Abe told reporters at his residence, according to the Reuters news agency.

The items were fired from North Pyongan province "around 7:36 a.m." South Korean time, South Korea’s defense minister said in a statement earlier.

The UN Security Council later unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions.

North Korea threatened to take "strong retaliatory measures" after South Korea and the United States began annual joint military drills that test their defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North, noted the Reuters news agency.

The isolated country last year tried to launch a Musudan type missile eight times, but most of those attempts failed.

It did, however, carried out two nuclear tests last year, in defiance of UN sanctions.

Several weeks ago, North Korea tested a ballistic missile from the Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan.

The test came a month after Kim said that the country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). State media later said such a launch could come “at any time”.

The UN Security Council later unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. 

By: Elad Benari
(INN)