North Korea launched submarine-launched ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks

North Korea test missile July 2019 photo Credit : Wefornews

Pyongyang, Oct 3 North Korea has confirmed that it has succeeded in test-firing a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), a day after Pyongyang and Washington agreed to resume nuclear talks in Stockholm, Sweden beginning Friday October 4.

The launch marks a departure from the tests of shorter range missiles North Korea has carried out in recent months. State-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the new-type of SLBM was a “Pukguksong-3.”

“The test-firing scientifically and technically confirmed the key tactical and technical indexes of the newly-designed ballistic missile and had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries,” it added.

N Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Un did not guide the test-firing personally but sent warm congratulations on behalf of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea to the research units involved in the test-firing, the report said.

The successful test-firing is of great significance as it “ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to N Korea and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence,” it said.

Negotiations between the two countries have been deadlocked since a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal.

Japan said launched ballistic missile that split into two pieces after launch. One of the pieces reached its Economic Exclusive Zone off Shimane prefecture at 7:26 a.m. local time, according to Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. No damage has been reported so far.

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