SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a new anti-tank rocket developed by the country in the midst of increasing tensions, state media reported on Saturday.
Pyongyang’s state news agency KCNA said Kim had watched tests of the portable anti-tank laser-guided rocket, which it said had accuracy comparable to a sniper rifle.
In statements reported by KCNA, Kim said the rocket is able to penetrate the armor of tanks and other combat vehicles.
The report did not say when or where the tests were conducted.
Kim also called for the weapon to go into mass production and for it to be deployed to frontline and coastal defense units.
Tests of the rocket by Pyongyang follow news that the UN is considering the imminent adoption of new sanctions on North Korea that would cut its main sources of income and hamper its military activities.
The UN resolution would add to the unilateral sanctions imposed recently by the U.S., Japan and South Korea, and seek to pressure Pyongyang economically so that it gives up its nuclear and missile program.
North Korea carried out a nuclear test on Jan. 6, and on Feb. 7 it launched a satellite into space in a move that the international community has widely interpreted as a disguised missile test.