Seoul, May 10 : North Korea has conducted long-range strike drills, a day after the communist state launched what were presumed to be two short-range missiles into the East Sea, State media reported on Friday.
"At the command post, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un learned about a plan of the strike drill of various long-range missiles," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
"The successful drill of deployment and strike designed to inspect the ability of rapid reaction of the defence units... showed the might of the units which were fully prepared to proficiently carry out any operation and combat," it added.
He also set forth "important tasks for further increasing the strike ability of the defence units," the KCNA said.
It said the drills were conducted at "defence units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in the forefront area and on the western front."North Korea have launched two short-range missiles from its northwestern region into the East Sea, which flew 420 kilometers and 270 km, respectively.North Korea is banned by multiple UN resolutions from using ballistic missile technology.
Hours after the Thursday missile launch, President Moon Jae-in said in a TV interview that the North's missile launches, even if they are short-range ones, could be a violation of UN Security Council resolutions if they are ballistic missiles.
US President Donald Trump said that Washington is monitoring North Korea "very seriously," adding he doesn't think the regime is ready to negotiate. After the North fired projectiles last week, he expressed confidence in leader Kim that he will keep his promise on denuclearisation.UNI