Across the Pacific, the nation of North Korea is making a statement with cruise missiles. This is a secretive communist country situated between China and South Korea.
It said on Monday it had successfully test fired the weapons over the weekend, and that after two hours of flight time, they hit target hundreds of miles from their launch site in North Korean territory. Cruise missiles are harder to detect that ballistic missiles, which North Korea has also tested in the past. And experts say that most cruise missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Still, this is the most significant weapons test by North Korea since U.S. President Joe Bidenook officein January. That's something the international expertskeep tabs on, because despite historic summits between the two countries leaders during the Trump Administration, the United States and North Korea have remained rivals since fighting stopped in the Korean War in 1953. The communist country's announcement was also noteworthy for its timing. There's a meeting in Japan this week between American, Japanese, and South Korean officials. These three countries are allies and they're rival, North Korea, is the subject of this meeting. So analysts say that by purportedly launching new missiles, North Korea may be trying toshow offits importance in the region. The country utilizes parades to do thisas well.