• Analysts Say N. Korea's New Cruise Missile Capable Of Carrying Warhead
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North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of long-range cruise missile.

The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday said two missiles were launched on Saturday and Sunday, with both traveling more than 1,500 kilometers.

The BBC's Laura Bicker reports from Seoul.


Weapons experts analyzing the pictures in state media said this was the first time they had seen Pyongyang test this weapon.

This was a long-range cruise missile not a long-range ballistic missile, which means it's not subject to the same U.N. Security Council resolutions focused on curbing North Korea's nuclear program.

But analysts say this weapon is capable of carrying a warhead.

Cruise missiles are propelled by jet engines.

So they stay closer to the ground, making them harder to detect.


Leader Kim Jong-un did not attend the test launches, according to the KCNA.

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