The Daily Manila Shimbun


N. Korea leader approves deployment of Pukguksong-2 

May 22, 2017

SEOUL- North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a successful test-launch of a new medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile called Pukguksong-2 and approved its deployment for action, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.
Kim also ordered the mass production of the missile, according to KCNA.
The report apparently referred to the ballistic missile that North Korea fired into the Sea of Japan from a site near Pukchang in the central part of the country on Sunday afternoon.
According to the South Korea military and other sources, the missile is believed to have flown about 500 kilometers and have reached an altitude of about 560 kilometers.
North Korea developed the Pukguksong-2 by extending the range of its submarine-launched ballistic missile Pukguksong.
The Pukguksong-2, powered by solid fuel and fired from a missile launcher vehicle with caterpillar tracks, is code-named KN-15 by the US military. Its range is estimated at 2,000 kilometers.
North Korea claimed a successful test-launch of a Pukguksong-2, also on Feb. 13.
According to KCNA, the latest launch was the final test before the Pukguksong-2's deployment.
The news agency claims that the firing from the launcher vehicle and the missile's flight guidance, as well as the starting and the credibility of its high-output solid-fuel engine were completely verified.
North Korean leader Kim expressed his satisfaction with the latest missile launch, saying that he gives it a perfect score. Kim stressed that his country should work on further diversifying and enhancing its nuclear capabilities.
Monday's announcement came after North Korea claimed on May 15 a success of the previous day's test-launch of a new medium-to-long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile called Hwasong-12.
By claiming another successful launch of a Pukguksong-2 and making public Kim's deployment approval, North Korea apparently aims to make an impression that its diverse means of attack are ready to be used in actual warfare. (Jiji Press)