Time: 7:46 AM
North Korea's test-firing of long-range cruise missiles shows the threats the country poses to the region and beyond, the US military said, Monday, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said earlier in the day the country successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise missiles over the weekend with the missiles hitting targets 1,500 kilometers away.
"We are aware of reports of DPRK cruise missile launches. We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners," the US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement released hours after the North's announcement. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"This activity highlights DPRK's continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats that poses to its neighbors and the international community," the statement said. "The US commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains ironclad".
The latest firing marks the third known major missile test by Pyongyang so far this year.
On March 21, the North fired two cruise missiles off the west coast, followed by the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea four days later.