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North Korea’s missile launches in recent weeks were designed to simulate an attack on South Korea with tactical nuclear weapons. This was reported by the North Korean state news agency KCNA.
The report also states that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw and was responsible for the simulation. They would train to strike military command facilities, attack important ports, and neutralize airfields, among other things.
Tactical nuclear weapons have a smaller nuclear payload than conventional nuclear missiles. So they can be used, for example, to eliminate a force on the battlefield, rather than the complete destruction of a large area.
Last weekend, the communist country launched two ballistic missiles. They covered about 350 kilometers and ended up in the Sea of Japan. The missile test was the seventh since early last week.
The North Korean exercises are said to be a response to the joint military exercises of South Korea, Japan and the United States. On Wednesday, South Korea and the United States launched two ATACMS short-range ballistic missiles in response to North Korean missile tests.
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