North Korea 'develops Russian cruise missile'

There's speculation that maybe the North Koreans obtained their prototype from Myanmar, or via the black market.

North Korea 'develops Russian cruise missile'

World Bulletin / News Desk

A North Korean propaganda film has revealed footage of a newly developed cruise missile, according to experts.

The missile is believed to be similar to the Russian KH-35 missile, which came into service in 2003.

The majority of the North's known missiles are much larger, longer-range missiles where cruise missiles are short-range weapons guided by on-board computers, used to attack specific targets.

The North is under UN sanctions over its weapons and nuclear programs.

Even though many in the West believe Pyongyang is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, analysts say the North does not appear to have successfully manufactured a warhead small enough to be carried by its missiles.

The apparent evidence that North Korea now has its own anti-ship missile is of concern not just to the US Navy and North Korea's neighbors because fast, sea-skimming cruise missiles represent a potent threat to modern warships.

Pyongyang has established a significant cash and carry business selling its home-built ballistic missiles and there are clearly concerns that North Korea could seek to market a new line in cruise missiles as well.

There's much debate among experts as to just where North Korea might have got its cruise missile, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the Russian Kh-35 Uran.

There's speculation that maybe the North Koreans obtained their prototype from Myanmar, or via the black market.

North Korea's suspected new cruise missile was revealed for only a split second at the end of the 50-minute propaganda film that appeared in between montages of soldiers shouting, tanks firing in unison and leader Kim Jong-un laughing.

North Korea expert Jeffrey Lewis wrote on the 38 North website that the cruise missile would be a "potentially destabilizing addition to North Korea's missile arsenal".

South Korean media has already speculated that the cruise missile could pose a potential new threat to the South's navy.

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