Sunday, November 28

North Korea launches ballistic missile for submarine



North Korea successfully tested a “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media reported Wednesday, as the country seeks increasingly advanced weapons.

The missile is equipped with “many advanced control and guidance technologies”, according to North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, and was launched from the same ship used by the country in its first test of a strategic sea-to-land ballistic missile (SLBM) five years ago.

The agency did not cite the ruler Kim Jong-un, a sign that he was not present for the test.

Images published by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed the black and white missile emerging from the water with a submarine on the surface.

The ability to launch a missile from a submarine would take the North’s arsenal to a new level, allowing it to send warheads well beyond the Korean peninsula.

Tuesday’s test, conducted near Sinpo, home to a large shipyard, came as the two Koreas embark on a possible arms race, while the dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang remains at a standstill.

The UN calls an emergency meeting

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency closed-door meeting on Wednesday on North Korea, which on Tuesday, according to South Korea, launched a “new type” of ballistic missile, increasing its military capabilities, diplomats said.

The session, in the afternoon, was requested by the United Kingdom and the United States, the same sources specified.

JM

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