Residents of Pyongyang expressed support Friday for North Korea's latest missile launch, hours after state-run media reported the demonstration of a "new-type tactical guided weapon" the previous day to send a warning to South Korea.
"The South has not listened to our repeated warnings and introduced ultramodern offensive weapons," Kim Chun Ae, a 46-year-old female guide at the Korean Revolution Museum in the North's capital, told Kyodo News, echoing language adopted by official media.
"Under such circumstances, our nation launched the new-type tactical guided weapon," Kim added, criticizing recent moves by the government of South Korean President Moon Jae In.
(People walk at Kim Il Sung Square)
"President Moon has offered a handshake of peace on the surface but behind the scenes, he has been engaged in military strategies. This is not good," she said. "I think our nation gave a warning about that."
Earlier in the day, the Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the "demonstration" firing of a "new-type tactical guided weapon" against the South's plan to carry out a joint military exercise with the United States next month.
The report also accused "south Korean military warmongers" of moving to "introduce the ultramodern offensive weapons" in defiance of repeated warnings from North Korea, apparently referring to South Korea's recent acquisition of F-35A stealth fighters from the United States.
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The KCNA report came after Pyongyang fired two missiles from its east coast that fell in the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning, with Seoul saying they were a new type of short-range ballistic missile that flew about 600 kilometers.
Many people in Pyongyang, meanwhile, went about their normal lives on Friday, a day before the 66th anniversary of the suspension of open hostilities in the 1950-1953 Korean War.
In the Korean War, U.S.-led multinational forces fought alongside South Korea against the North, which was backed by China and the Soviet Union.
Hostilities ceased with an armistice agreement signed on July 27, 1953, by the U.N. Command, North Korea's military and Chinese armed forces.