North Korea says it successfully test-fired new long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, developed by the country’s engineers.

According to a Monday, September 13 report published by the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the country’s Academy of Defense Science successfully test-fired the missiles on September 11 and 12, and that the weapons had been in development for two years.

The weapons demonstrate “another effective deterrence means for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces against the DPRK,” the agency said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The North Korean launch announcement comes just as South Korea’s top nuclear envoy heads to Japan to discuss North Korea with US and Japanese officials on Monday and Tuesday. China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, is scheduled to visit South Korea this week as well.

This missile test was the most significant from North Korea since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

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