2 New Types Included in Recent N. Korea Missiles: Iwaya

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--At least two types of new ballistic missiles were included among projectiles fired by North Korea on nine separate occasions in May-August, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday.

The conclusion was drawn from the shapes of the projectiles and other factors, such as how they were launched and how far they traveled, he said at a press conference.

Specifically, Iwaya said a total of eight projectiles fired between May 4 and July 25 as well as on Aug. 6 are presumably a new type of short-range ballistic missile. He also pointed to similarities between them and Russia's Iskander short-range ballistic missiles.

In addition, two missiles fired on Aug. 24 were determined as a new solid-fuel type, he said.

As for four projectiles launched on Aug. 10 and 16 which some experts said resembled U.S. Army tactical missiles, the defense chief noted differences in appearance configurations from conventional missiles.

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