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Cruise, long-range: Flurry of missile tests marks N Korea's diverse arsenal

Kim Jong Un underscores his vow not only to improve his country's capabilities, but mass produce and deploy more weapons.

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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea

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This January has been one of the busiest months ever for North Korea's missile testing, with launches displaying a dizzying array of weapon types, launch locations, and increasing sophistication.

From hypersonic missiles and long-range cruise missiles to missiles launched from railcars and airports, the tests highlight the nuclear-armed state's rapidly expanding and advancing arsenal amid stalled denuclearisation talks.

North Korea hasn't tested its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons since 2017, but leader Kim Jong Un has pushed for more "military muscle" to counter what he sees as threats from the United States and its allies in Asia. 

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First Published: Jan 28 2022 | 8:35 AM IST

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