The weapons launched by Pyongyang on Monday were part of a test-fire measuring the accuracy of two “tactical guided missiles,” North Korea’s state media announced on Tuesday.
“The test-fire was aimed to selectively evaluate tactical guided missiles being produced and deployed and to verify the accuracy of the weapon system,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency and ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun confirmed.
South Korea’s armed forces said Monday that the weapons – described as two short-range ballistic missiles – were launched from a Pyongyang airport and traveled 236 miles.
“The two tactical guided missiles launched in the western area of the DPRK precisely hit an island target” in the ocean,” North Korea’s state media said.
Scientists behind the test-fire “confirmed the accuracy, security and efficiency of the operation of the weapon system under production.”
The launch marks North Korea’s fourth weapons test this month, and prompted Washington to urge that Pyongyang instead turn to dialogue during a trilateral call.