N. Korea Claims Successful Test of "Superlarge" Rocket System


Seoul, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--North Korea's state-run news agency reported Friday that the country's Academy of National Defense Science successfully conducted a firing test of a "superlarge" multiple rocket launch system the previous day.

The Korean Central News Agency was apparently referring to the launch of two projectiles toward the Sea of Japan on Thursday afternoon. They are believed to have fallen into waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, appearing from a National Security Council meeting later Thursday, told reporters that the projectiles were deemed short-range ballistic missiles.

The KCNA report stressed that the firing test confirmed that the superlarge rocket system has perfect combat capacities, adding that it can destroy target areas with extreme power.

The report did not mention whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was present at the firing test but noted that he expressed great satisfaction after being briefed on the result.

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