North Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South

An 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
An 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea.PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea said on Wednesday (July 20) its latest ballistic missile tests were personally ordered and monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un and simulated nuclear strikes on US bases in South Korea.

The three missiles launched on Tuesday simulated pre-emptive attacks on South Korean ports and airfields hosting US military "hardware", the North's official KCNA news agency said.

The tests "examined the operational features of the detonating devices of nuclear warheads mounted on the ballistic rockets at the designated altitude over the target area", it said.