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North Korea's Kim praises submarine launch test as a success

28 August 2016

But at the current rate of development, it could be able to strike targets in the region by 2020, according to 38 North, a website run by the U.S. -Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). A woman uses her smartphone as a South Korean army soldier stands at Yoido Subway Station during an anti-terror drill as part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. The SLBMs that North Korea tested on April. 23 and July 9 only flew about 30 km and 10 km, respectively.

North Korea has several land-based missiles with a range that puts them in reach of US bases in the region. Independent journalists were not give.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un hailed the Wednesday test-launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile "the success of all successes" as the United Nations Security Council called for an urgent meeting in response to the provocation.

The Korean Central Television also aired a 107-second footage of the launch, featuring the missile soaring into the air from the water, with a thundering noise, from various angles, as well as some other 60 related images. After the SLBM launch in April, North Korea claimed that it had successfully carried out a test on the operation of a detonator for a nuclear warhead.

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) which flew about 500 km towards Japan.

Kim was shown smiling and hugging officials after watching the test from an observation deck.

Liquid fuel is not a safe choice for SLBMs, since it can slosh around in the tank when the missile is ejected from the submarine's launch tube, causing the missile to wobble or the tank to rupture. Having that capability could significantly strengthen Pyongyang's ability to conduct strikes on US positions in South Korea, and possibly on USA bases in Japan as well.

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The technology has reached significant levels but the launch is still undergoing analysis, according to Seoul.

Pointing out the test involved a new missile type under active development, Inbar underscored that Pyongyang was still "comfortable enough" to test it over more reliable missile types, like the Rodong or Scud.

Now, a former senior economist for world body the OECD has spoken about the need for a grand coalition of superpowers to reign in the nuclear North. It came two days after South Korea and the U.S. started annual military exercises that are seen by Pyongyang as a preparation for invasion.

On Wednesday, media reports emerged that Pyongyang had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in the Sea of Japan. "Our country is getting more prosperous and they don't like that, so they are stepping up their moves to stifle us". It was the longest flight among any known North Korean test-firings of SLBM.

Japan said the missile reached its air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the first time by a North Korean missile. "But we will continue necessary diplomatic efforts in close cooperation with our friends", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Cho June-hyuck said at a news briefing on Thursday. Earnest stressed that the United States has made it clear to China that the missile system would be used for defense against North Korea.

The United Nations Security Council was holding emergency closed consultations on the launch late Wednesday afternoon at the request of the United States and Japan.

The missile was sacked from a submarine submerged off the northeastern port of Simpo, flying 300 miles towards Japan - far exceeding the range of any previous tests.

Washington and Seoul say the military exercises North Korea opposes are defensive in nature.