‘N.Korean missile fired last week similar to one used by Russia in Ukraine’

The North Korean missile that flew across its de facto maritime border with South Korea last week has been found to be an “SA-5” type similar to that used by Russia in the Ukraine war, the Defence Ministry in Seoul said on Wednesday.

The Ministry announced the results of an inter-agency analysis of the debris of a missile that North Korea fired southward on November 2 past the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the East Sea, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The debris is around 3 metres long and 2 metres wide, assessed to be that of an “SA-5” surface-to-air missile, given its appearance and feature, it said.

It can be used for a ground-to-ground strike purpose and Russia recently used a similar missile in its war in Ukraine, the Ministry added.

It “strongly” condemned the North’s SA-5 missile firing as a violation of the inter-Korean military agreement signed on September 19, 2018, to reduce border tensions.

“Our military will not tolerate any North Korean provocation that poses a threat to our nationals’ lives and safety. We will sternly deal with it with overwhelming capabilities based on the Seoul-Washington alliance,” the Ministry said.




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