A matter of days after it held a scaled-down military parade in Pyeongyang, North Korea this morning announced to the world
that it test-fired long-range cruise missiles on Saturday and Sunday.
The regime's state-run media claims Kim Jong-un was not present during the launches.
The Pentagon has reportedly broken its silence on North Korea's test launches of a long-range cruise missile amid stalled denuclearization talks with the U.S.
Citing a release by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the AFP reported Monday,
that the U.S. criticized the North's missile tests, saying they are a threat to neighboring countries and the international community.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported the test-firings took place Saturday and Sunday
and hit targets one-thousand kilometers away, proving the new strategic weapon's effectiveness and practicality.
It reported the missiles traveled for 7580 seconds along oval and pattern-eight flight orbits in the air above its territorial land and waters.
The missiles flew successfully using propulsion power generated by the newly created turbine blast engine.
The test-firings took place without leader Kim Jong-un present,
instead, senior military official and Presidium member of the North's politburo of the ruling Workers' Party, Pak Jong-chon, watched the launch.