SEOUL, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea has launched a total of 31 ballistic missiles in the past five years under Kim Jong-un, twice the number of missiles test-fired when his late father was in power, the defense ministry here said Wednesday.
North Korea has test-fired 16 short-range Scuds with a range of 300 to 1,000 kilometers, six mid-range Rodongs that can fly 1300-1500 km, six intermediate-range Musudans with a range of 3,500-4,000 km and three submarine-launched ballistic missiles since late 2011. The incumbent leader inherited the country from his father Kim Jong-il.
“The junior Kim’s focus on ballistic missiles is aimed at improving North Korea’s capability to launch nuclear-tipped missiles,” a ministry official said.
The launches carried out under the current leaders are estimated to have cost more than 110 billion won (US$97 million) which is a large sum of money for the cash-strapped nation. In sharp contrast, during Kim Jong-il’s 18-year-long reign, the communist country launched 16 ballistic missiles, the ministry estimated.
When the three rounds of long-range rocket launches and the fourth nuclear tests conducted during the current regime is taken into account, the overall costs could reach hundreds of billions of won, local sources claimed.