nAccording to state media, the Ordkorea successfully tested a submarine-operated ballistic missile. The “new” missile possesses “many advanced control and control technologies,” the official Central News Agency reported Wednesday. According to diplomats, the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting on Wednesday.
The South Korean military reported on North Korea’s latest missile test on Tuesday and reported an “unidentified” missile. Experts had already suspected that it could be a submarine-powered ballistic missile.
bullet rose KCN It was launched from the same submarine as the first submarine-launched ballistic missile that Pyongyang tested five years ago. Rodong Sinmun newspaper published pictures showing the black and white missile emerging from the calm waters and dragging a column of fire and smoke behind it. An emerging submarine can also be seen in the photos.
Submarines guarantee the ability to strike a second
If North Korea were indeed able to launch ballistic missiles from submarines, it would be an important step in the armaments efforts of the internationally isolated country. Pyongyang could then launch attacks from locations other than mainland North Korea – and would be able to respond even after a potential attack on its military bases.
Against the background of these developments, the UN Security Council decided to hold a non-public emergency meeting on Wednesday, as AFP learned from diplomatic circles. Accordingly, the meeting was requested by Great Britain and the United States of America.
North Korea has tested missiles several times in the past few weeks, causing international concern. The United States, South Korea and Japan condemned the latest test. The country, largely isolated internationally, is under severe US and UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programme.
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