South Korea tests first submarine-launched ballistic missile, hours after North Korean launches, World News


South Korea says it carried out its first underwater missile test just hours after North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea.

The presidential office said in a statement that President Moon Jae-In supervised the testing of a ballistic missile launched by a nation-built submarine on Wednesday afternoon.

He claims that a missile fired from a 3,000 ton class submarine flew a certain distance before hitting a predetermined target.

The statement came after South Korea detected two North Korean ballistic missile launches earlier today.

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North Korea launched two ballistic missiles at sea, defying UN resolutions for the second time in days, experts say, saying it is continuing its nuclear weapons development plans as nuclear talks with the United States remain stranded.

The missiles were launched from central North Korea and traveled 800 kilometers (497 miles) with a peak of 60 kilometers (37 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, the chiefs said. South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Experts say North Korean launches have demonstrated that it is pursuing its goals of developing nuclear weapons while trying to pressure the United States to restart stalled nuclear talks.

South Korea rarely makes large-scale weapons tests public, which some experts say could unnecessarily disrupt North Korea.

Observers believe Moon’s government is responding to criticism that it is being too lenient on North Korea. Moon’s government is actively pursuing reconciliation with North Korea.

(With contributions from agencies)


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