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US News North Korea claims its 'significant' submarine-launched missile test succeeded

08:10  03 october  2019
08:10  03 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea confirmed Thursday it tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, calling it a "significant achievement" in its efforts to contain external threats and bolster its military power.

The test-firing Wednesday was North Korea's first of a submarine-launched missile in three years and came ahead of a weekend resumption of nuclear diplomacy with the United States. Some experts say North Korea wants to show to the US what would happen if diplomacy fails again.

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North Korea said Thursday it has carried out its first underwater- launched ballistic missile test in three The KCNA report didn’t initially elaborate on whether the missile was fired from a submarine , a North Korea -dispatched photos showed the missile rising and spewing bright flames above a

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a large body of water with smoke coming out of it © KCNA via AP The Korean Central News Agency said the test of the Pukguksong-3 missile in the waters off its east coast was successful and "ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces' threat to (North Korea) and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense." 

It didn't say which outside forces threaten its security. But North Korea has previously said it was forced to develop nuclear-armed missiles to cope with US military threats.

The US Defense Department in a statement said it was monitoring the situation and that it will be "consulting closely with our South Korean and Japanese allies."

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North Korea confirmed Thursday it tested a new submarine - launched ballistic missile , calling it a “ significant achievement” in its efforts to contain In this Wednesday photo provided by the North Korean government, an underwater- launched missile lifts off in the waters off North Korea 's eastern

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a plane flying in the air with smoke coming out of it © KCNA via AP KCNA said the missile was launched in a vertical mode and that its test had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries. It said Kim sent "warm congratulations" to the national defense scientific research units involved in the test-firing. 

The KCNA report didn't elaborate on whether the missile was fired from a submarine, a barge or other underwater launch platform.

Pukguksong, or Polaris, is a solid-fuel missile in the North's weapons arsenal. The country first test-launched a Pukguksong-1 missile from an underwater platform in 2016, and Kim said at the time his military had gained "perfect nuclear-attack capability." A year later, the North test-launched a Pukguksong-2, a land-based variant of the missile.

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North Korea claims it fired a new submarine - launched missile on Wednesday. On Thursday, The Korean Central News Agency said the missile test in the waters off its east coast was North Korea -dispatched photos showed the missile rising and spewing bright flames above a cloud of

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After Wednesday's launch, the US State Department called on North Korea "to refrain from provocations, abide by their obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions, and remain engaged in substantive and sustained negotiations to do their part to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and achieve denuclearization." 

South Korea's military said the North Korean missile traveled about 450 kilometers (280 miles) at a maximum altitude of 910 kilometers (565 miles). Japan lodged an immediate protest, saying the missile landed inside its exclusive economic zone for the first time since November 2017.

If fired at a standard trajectory, the missile could have travelled 1,500-2,000 kilometers (930-1,240 miles), Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, wrote on Facebook. 

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