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Sunday, August 25, 2019, 16:39
DPRK's Kim guides test-firing of new multiple rocket launcher
By Xinhua
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 16:39 By Xinhua

In this Aug 24, 2019 photo, provided Aug 25, by the DPRK government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in the DPRK. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided a test-firing of newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.

Kim Jong-un also said an important mission of the DPRK defense industry is to increase national defence capabilities in every way, the KCNA reported

The test proved that all the tactical and technological specifications of the launcher system correctly reached the preset indexes, the KCNA said in a report.

Kim praised the great weapon and the young national defense scientists for designing and completing the weapon system at one go-off.

"What made him happy today is that a contingent of young and promising talents who will shoulder upon the rapid development of the Juche-oriented defence industry grow in the course of the development of the new weapon," the report said.

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In this Aug 24, 2019 photo, provided, Aug 25, by the DPRK government, shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, center, smiling after the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in the DPRK. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

Kim also said an important mission of the DPRK defense industry is to increase national defence capabilities in every way, the KCNA reported.

On Saturday morning, the DPRK fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast in South Hamgyong Province, according to the Republic of Korea's (ROK) Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Saturday's test marked the seventh missile launch by the DPRK since July 25 and the ninth this year, which came after the end of a joint annual military exercises between the ROK and the United States earlier this week. 

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