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N. Korea confirms missile tests this week

TOKYO, Jan 28 (KUNA) -- North Korea said Friday it carried out two rounds of successful missile tests earlier this week, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
"The Academy of Defense Science conducted the test-fire for updating long-range cruise missile system and the test-fire for confirming the power of conventional warhead of surface-to-surface tactical guided missile on Tuesday and Thursday respectively," the KCNA said.
"The practical combat performance of the long-range cruise missile system would hold a reliable share in boosting the war deterrence of the country," the KCNA said.
Tuesday's two long-range cruise missiles flew for 9,137 seconds and hit the target island 1,800 km away, according to the report.
It also said two tactical guided missiles launched on Thursday "precisely hit the target island, proving that the explosive power of the conventional warhead complied with the design requirements." North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not oversee the both tests. Thursday's firing was the North's sixth such launch this year. (end) mk.gta