A new open-source intelligence analysis of North Korean state-run media by missile experts has shown what appears to be the hypothetical target of the country’s test-launches earlier this week: U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Yesterday North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
The missiles reportedly traveled an average of 1,000 km (620 miles), and landed within 300 to 350 km (185 to 220 miles) of Japan. The four launches were said to be “simultaneous,” leading to speculation they were intended to be a barrage attack to overwhelm a missile defense system.
“In the hearts of artillerymen … there was burning desire to mercilessly retaliate against the warmongers going ahead with their joint war exercises,” KCNA said.
In a statement published Monday morning, the army and Ansarullah ballistic unit assured that the Saudi capital is now within the reach of Yemeni missiles.
“The first ballistic test against a military target in the satanic Saudi capital was successful,” said the Yemeni ballistic unit.
“The shooting of the ballistic missile is in response to the continued Saudi-US aggression, its massacres, and its tyrannical embargo against our people suffering a humanitarian tragedy, under the eyes of the International community”
According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported.
Yemen’s SABA news agency, which is supportive of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) and allied military forces, reported that a Burkan-1 ballistic missile has been launched against King Fahd Air Base, which is about 25 km northeast of Taif. “The rocket hit the target accurately, inflicting heavy losses in the base,” it claimed.
The existence of the Burkan-1 was announced on 2 September, when SABA reported that Yemen’s missile force had developed a new weapon with a range of 800 km. Al-Masirah broadcast footage showing three ‘Scud’-type missiles labelled as Burkan-1s.