Photo Credit: KCNA
North Korea's long-range nuclear-capable cruise missile being fired from a launcher and flying in the sky. Pyongyang test-fired the missiles on Sept. 11 and 12, 2021

North Korea’s new long-range nuclear-capable cruise missile, “a strategic weapon of great significance,” can reach Japan, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

The missiles flew for 1,500 kilometers (932 miles), flying in oval and figure eight patterns for 7,580 seconds and hitting its targets, KCNA reported.


“The development of the long-range cruise missiles, a strategic weapon … has been promoted according to the scientific and reliable weapon system development process over the past two years,” state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported.

If true, Japan would be vulnerable to conventional and/or nuclear warheads on missiles launched by Pyongyang.

Cruise missiles are harder to detect on radar than ballistic missiles, because they are propelled by jet engines and fly much closer to the ground, UPI reported.

The last missile test launched by North Korea was in March and was a test-fire of short-range ballistic missiles.

“This activity highlights DPRK’s continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats that poses to its neighbors and the international community,” the US Indo-Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said in a statement.

The US military said it is monitoring the situation with its allies in Seoul and Tokyo.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.