New missile test for Kim Jong-un. The North Korean dictator has ordered his military to fire the last pair of ballistic missiles from a train that emerged from a tunnel under a mountain. According to North Korean propaganda, this is the first fire test of the new “Mobile Rail Missile Regiment”, set up “to deal hard blows to the forces that threaten the homeland, dispersing our potential in the territory “.
The two missiles are plunged into the Sea of Japan, after flying 800 kilometers. It is the first time that North Korea has chosen a train for its tests. In the past, mobile launchers mounted on large wheeled vehicles had already been used. But the train is an absolute novelty. According to Ankit Panda, Carnegie Endowment scholar, “Rail missile artillery is no better than mobile road artillery, but it creates another puzzle for South Korean and American defense planners. Ready-to-launch solid fuel missiles can emerge from a railway tunnel and be launched, even if the point is known. “
Meanwhile, the other Korea, South Korea, has also tested a ballistic missile launched from a submarine for the first time. For all answer Kim Yo Jong, sister of the Marshal of Pyongyang, replied threatening the “complete destruction“of bilateral relations with Seoul.