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North Korea Confirms Missile Launches in Busiest Month Under Kim

  • New cruise missiles among a record six such volleys in January
  • Kim ramping up tests in bid to pressure Biden over sanctions
The image supplied by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency shows the testing launch of two long-range cruise missiles on Jan. 25.
The image supplied by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency shows the testing launch of two long-range cruise missiles on Jan. 25.Source: KNS
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North Korea confirmed launches of four missiles this week, as Kim Jong Un ramped up weapons-testing to a record pace in an effort to signal displeasure with the U.S. over economic sanctions. 

The tests included the launch of two long-range cruise missiles Tuesday that flew for 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) before striking an island off the peninsula’s eastern coast, the official Korean Central News Agency said Friday. If confirmed, that would represent North Korea’s longest flight by a cruise missile, a weapon designed to fly low and maneuver to evade detection, and give Kim the capability to strike almost all of Japan.