North Korea Successfully Tests Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile


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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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North Korea fired off a submarine-launched ballistic missile at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, reports NK News.

The test was confirmed by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile, which was launched from a site near Sinpo, a port in South Hamkyung province in Northeastern North Korea, traveled 310 miles. It is a successful missile test.

NK News explained that North Korea’s last submarine-launched ballistic missile test took place July 9, the day after the U.S. and South Korea announced plans to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile shield in Seongju. The missile was launched from a submarine in the Sea of Japan; the test was utterly unsuccessful. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that the missile only made it 18 miles before exploding and bursting into multiples pieces.

This latest missile test comes just two days after North Korea threatened to punish the “nuclear war maniacs,” namely the U.S. and South Korea, with a “preemptive nuclear strike” for provocations during the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises.

Frustrated by the US-South Korean drills, in which 75,000 troops are participating, North Korea promised that the “slightest sign of aggression” would be met with a swift, retaliatory response from the Korean People’s Army.

Because of North Korea’s ongoing efforts to develop nuclear weapons, the U.N. Security Council has banned it from producing or testing ballistic missiles. Despite international pressures, North Korea has tested three ballistic missiles this month.

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