`The US and South Korea are still carefully analyzing information about the test. We have not yet determined details such as the actual flight path and face many limitations and difficulties due to the characteristics of cruise missiles,`

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) often quickly releases information about North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

North Korean cruise missile on flight path in photo released on September 13.

`Cruise missiles fly slower and are less powerful than ballistic missiles, making them easier to intercept, but their ability to fly low makes them easier to hide from air defense radars and have higher accuracy.`

South Korea’s Defense Minister confirmed that the country’s military had detected the test and was analyzing it.

In last weekend’s test, the North Korean cruise missile moved for 7,580 seconds along an oval and figure-8 trajectory over North Korean territory and territorial waters, then hit a target 1,500 km away.

According to images of the launch published in Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Korean Workers’ Party, the missile launcher was placed on a truck chassis with 5 launch tubes similar to the giant rocket system used by Pyongyang.

This is North Korea’s first cruise missile described as a `strategic weapon,` a term commonly used for systems that can carry nuclear warheads.