North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile from Submarine
North Korea fired another ballistic missile on Tuesday. The projectile landed in the sea. North Korean state broadcaster KCNA confirmed on Wednesday that the missile was launched from a submarine.
The successful launch from a submarine means that North Korea can bombard targets in more places worldwide. It will also be more difficult for the armed forces of other countries to disable the North Korean arsenal.
The North Korean launch is said to have taken place at the port of Sinpo, where an important shipyard is located. An insider told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that the missile travelled a distance of 590 kilometres and reached an altitude of about 60 kilometres.
The US military has condemned the missile launch and asked North Korea to refrain from other “destabilizing” acts. The Americans emphasize that the launch is not seen as a danger to their own country or to allies.
North Korea has been working on ballistic missiles that can be fired underwater for some time. The country also conducted such weapons tests in 2016 and 2019. However, according to analysts, the projectiles were probably not fired by submarines but by a special launch installation that was located underwater.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea’s self-proclaimed nuclear power from testing ballistic missiles, but the country pays little attention to this. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said two ballistic missiles had been detected and said it was “unfortunate” that the country is continuing with missile tests.
The regime of leader Kim Jong-un has been causing international unrest for years by working on advanced weapons. Former US President Donald Trump tried to negotiate with Kim, but that did not lead to a breakthrough. Instead, Kim’s regime wants to get rid of the heavy international sanctions burdened with.
North Korea has fired several missiles in recent weeks, despite North Korea and South Korea restoring their direct lines of communication last month. Earlier this month, Seoul expressed the hope that the inter-Korean dialogue could be restarted.