North Korea stated Thursday it had successfully test-fired a brand new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the sea to include external threats and bolster self-defense, ahead of recent nuclear talks with the U.S.
The Wednesday launch was the most provocative by North Korea because it resumed discussions with America last year and a reminder by Pyongyang of the weapons capability it has been aggressively growing, along with intercontinental ballistic missiles, analysts said.
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un “sent warm congratulations” to the defense scientists who carried out the test, state news agency KCNA stated, indicating he didn’t attend the launch as he has at previous assessments of new weapons techniques.
The brand new type of SLBM, known as Pukguksong-3, was “fired in vertical mode” in the waters off the eastern metropolis of Wonsan, KCNA said, confirming an assessment by South Korea’s military on Wednesday that the missile was fired on a lofted trajectory.
DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The test “had no hostile impact on the security of neighboring nations,” KCNA stated but gave no other details related to the launch.
Images released in the North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, whose front two pages featured the test, confirmed a black-and-white painted missile clearing the surface of the water, then the rocket engine burning to propel it into the sky.