N. Korea says it conducted strategic cruise missile “Hwasal-2” launch

SEOUL, North Korea said Wednesday that it conducted a drill to launch the strategic cruise missile Hwasal-2 the previous day. The missile launch did not pose any threat to the safety of the North's neighboring countries and was aimed at "checking the rapid counterattack posture and improving its strategic striking capability" of the Korean People's Army, according to the Korean Central News Agency. The South Korean military said Tuesday it detected the North's launch of several cruise missiles at around 7 a.m. from its west coast. The launch marked the North's third cruise missile launch in a week. On Sunday, North Korea test-fired a newly developed submarine-launched strategic cruise missile, named the "Pulhwasal-3-31," near Sinpo, a major shipyard for submarines, just days after the strategic cruise missile was tested for the first time on Jan. 24. Source: Yonhap News Agency