North Korea claims it has launched a new type of ballistic missile on Monday, demonstrating its ability to conduct precision strike. Experts, however, expressed skepticism, noting that there is no way to independently verify test results.
According to the statement of public administration Korean Central news North Korea's rocket fell fell only to 23 feet (7 meters) from its targeted point. KCNA said the test Monday proved the ability to launch and guide the warhead to the "wings" control. This warhead allows you to make adjustments mid-flight for greater accuracy.
North Korea also claims that fired a missile on Monday with a new tracked self-propelled vehicles that will give Pyongyang the ability to launch missiles much faster than with its previous systems. New missile and launch system was first presented at a military parade in Pyongyang in April, according to KCNA.
Senior international defense researcher from Rand Corp Bruce Bennett, the analytical center for global policy in California, expressed doubt as to the claims of North Korea about the success. "North Korean missiles were not very accurate. In the end, Kim Jong UN sought to maintain the sample missile tests after so many failures from late March to April," he said.
Analysts say that all of North Korea's test, successful or not, provide information that helps to bring it closer to the goal of creating rockets that can reach the United States.
Missile test on Monday sparked immediate protests from Japan and South Korea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised "concrete action" in response to the test, and South Korean defense chiefs declared that the North will face "strong punishment from our military".
China called on Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear tests and missile tests, urging the US to stop military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and close to it, which North Korea sees as a threat to its sovereignty.
sections: Politics, World News, Accidents