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North Korea’s Missile Test on Thanksgiving Shows Bettering Performance of Crews

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a huge multiple-rocket launcher, state media reported…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at November 29, 2019 5:14 AM EST Tags: , ,

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a huge multiple-rocket launcher, state media reported Friday, a launch that experts stated showcased bettering performance by the program and its staff.

North Korea fired a pair of short-range projectiles into the ocean off its east coast on Thursday in the fourth test of its new “super-big multiple-rocket launcher”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated told a briefing.

The recent test of the so-called KN-25 missile came as a Thanksgiving Day reminder to Trump of a year-end due date Kim has set for Washington to show movement in their delayed denuclearization discussions.

The spate of tests since the KN-25 was first revealed in August shows the North Koreans steadily bettering their ability to fire multiple rockets from their mobile launch vehicles quickly.

That ability makes it more likely that in case of a battle, North Korean rocket crews could quickly deploy, fire, and move before being targeted by South Korean or American forces, experts mentioned.

In the initial two KN-25 tests in August and September, missiles had been fired 17 minutes and 19 minutes apart, respectively, the JCS mentioned.

By the end of October, staff had narrowed that period to a few minutes, while on Thursday, the difference between the two missiles was merely around 30 seconds.

Photos launched by KCNA showed missiles being fired from a transporter-erector-launcher equipped with four launcher tubes.

The new short-range missiles pose a direct threat to South Korea and U.S. forces stationed there, experts said.