SEOUL: North Korea has test-fired a new “ultra-precision” intelligent rocket to be deployed across its navy, state media said on Saturday, in the latest evidence that Pyongyang is stepping up its development of missile technology. The exercise was carried out by the North’s East Sea fleet under the watchful eye of leader Kim Jong-Un, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. “The ultra-precision anti-ship rocket blasted off from a rocket boat. The intelligent rocket precisely sought, tracked and hit the ‘enemy’ ship after taking a safe flight,” KCNA said, without giving a location or date.The new anti-ship rocket would be deployed across North Korea’s navy “before long”, it added. Satisfied with the “perfect” development of the new rocket, Kim called for the production of “more tactical guided weapons of high precision and intelligence”. The nuclear-armed communist country has pushed for the development of new ballistic missiles and rockets, despite heavy sanctions imposed by the international community.