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Iran Press TV

North Korea tests new anti-aircraft weapon system

Iran Press TV

Sun May 28, 2017 3:51AM

North Korea says it has tested a new anti-aircraft weapon system amid continuing tensions over its military programs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally "watched the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system," the official KCNA reported on Sunday.

The new anti-aircraft weapon will help in "detecting and striking different targets flying from any direction… [and] spoil enemy's wild dream to control the air," it said.

The report said the Academy of National Defense Science had organized the test. It said that the mass production of the new anti-aircraft weapon was underway.

North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test a week ago. The country has been making efforts to upgrade its weapon systems amid threats of military action against it by Washington. It has recently developed a long-range missile capable of striking the United States' mainland and has in recent weeks tested its intermediate-range ballistic missile.

Pyongyang has been under mounting international pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs. North Korea says it will continue those programs until the United States ends its hostility toward the country.

The US, on the other hand, continues to adopt a war-like posture against North Korea. Washington regularly conducts joint military drills with North Korea's regional adversaries Japan and South Korea. The US also recently deployed a strike force to the region.

American officials have indicated that military intervention in North Korea is an option on the table.

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