North Korea Confirms Test of New Type of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

North Korea successfully tested a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile on Oct. 19, state media reported.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Oct. 20 that the missile had “lots of advanced control guidance technologies including flank mobility and gliding skip mobility.”

KCNA further said that the country’s Academy of Defense Science fired the missile from the same “8.24 Yonghup” ship during a test five years ago.

The missile “will greatly contribute to putting the defense technology of the country on a high level and to enhancing the underwater operational capability of our navy,” KCNA also said.

The report did not mention leader Kim Jong-un, suggesting that he did not attend the test.

Earlier, South Korea’s military reported that North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward waters off the coast of Japan.

North Korea has been conducting missile test-launches in recent weeks, some of which violate strict international sanctions.

The United States called on North Korea “to refrain from further provocations and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing that the launches “underscore the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy.”

Psaki also said that representatives from North Korea, South Korea, and Japan met to discuss how to engage with North Korea.


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