Oct 1, 2021 - World

North Korea says it tested a new anti-aircraft missile

North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un speaking in Pyongyang in March 2020.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un speaking in Pyongyang in March 2020. Photo: API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

North Korea tested a new anti-aircraft missile Thursday, the country announced Friday, according to AP.

Why it matters: The test was the country's latest weapons firings since it restarted missile launches in September in protest of international sanctions.

  • South Korea, Japan and the United States, which typically confirm North Korean weapon tests, did not do so with the anti-aircraft missile firing, potentially indicating that they did not consider it to be a major test.

What they're saying: The Korean Central News Agency said the test is “of very practical significance in studying and developing various prospective anti-aircraft missile system," according to AP.

The big picture: It comes after a flurry of missile launches around the Korean Peninsula last month.

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