The latest test is the latest in a series of missile tests (AFP)
North Korean state media reported on Wednesday (local time) that Pyongyang said it had tested a new ballistic missile from a submarine, a day after authorities in South Korea and Japan reported what appeared to be a weapon test.
South Korea’s military said on Tuesday it believed North Korea had tested a ballistic missile from a submarine off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests.
The Korean Central News Agency said the submarine-launched ballistic missile, of the “new class”, was launched from the same submarine that was used in an older missile test in 2016.
Analysts pointed out that pictures published by the official news agency in North Korea appear to show a missile with a smaller diameter than previous versions of the North Korean submarine missiles, which means that the submarine can be armed with a larger number, albeit with a smaller range, of missiles, and may make North Korea armed. Nuclear power is akin to deploying a submarine armed with ballistic missiles.
There were no reports that leader Kim Jong Un would attend the experiment.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was launched from the sea near the city of Sinpo, where North Korea maintains submarines and equipment to test launch ballistic missiles from submarines.
In the context, diplomatic sources told AFP on Tuesday that the UN Security Council will hold an emergency closed session on North Korea, and the sources said that the session will be held at the request of Britain and the United States, and will start on Wednesday afternoon.