N.Korea touts launches of new cruise missiles

North Korea's newspaper says the country has successfully launched a new type of long-range cruise missile.

The ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun says the new missiles, developed by the Academy of Defense Science, were test-fired on Saturday and Sunday.

It says the projectiles were airborne for more than two hours, and hit their targets.

The newspaper carried photographs of a missile being launched from a mobile launch pad and during its flight.

A close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the test-launches, and said the achievement is a bright fruition of the Workers' Party's policy of prioritizing defense science and technology.

The official stressed the need for the field of national defense science to go all out to increase the country's defense capabilities and war deterrence.

Senior government officials of Japan, the United States, and South Korea, in charge of North Korean issues, are scheduled to meet in Tokyo later this week to discuss the North's denuclearization.