North Korea conducted a successful long-range cruise missile test over the weekend, its state media, KCNA, said Monday, amid a protracted standoff with the United States over denuclearization. The missiles flew 1,500 km before hitting their targets and falling into the country’s territorial waters, during tests held on Saturday (11/9) and Sunday (12/9), KCNA said. The development of the missiles provides “strategic meaning to have other effective means of deterrence to ensure the security of our country and strongly restrain the military maneuvers of enemy forces,” KCNA said. North Korea’s reclusive bbseparator has long accused the United States and South Korea of pursuing a “hostile policy” against Pyongyang. Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs in exchange for relief from US sanctions have been stalled since 2019.