North Korea says missile tests are self-defense against US threat

North Korea on Saturday broke its silence on its series of missile tests – six in less than two weeks – saying the flurry of test fires, including a spectacular launch over Japan for the first time since 2017, is for self defense.

The missile tests were a “regular and planned self-defense step to defend the country’s security and regional peace against direct U.S. military threats that have lasted more than half a century,” a spokesman said. Korean Central News Agency. for the National Aviation Administration of the country as said.

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