North Korea says the missile was fired from a submarine

Photo of a ballistic missile released by the official North Korean news agency on October 19, 2021.

On Wednesday, October 20, North Korea said it had fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, which, if confirmed, would allow a nuclear-armed country to acquire a second offensive capability. The test will make significant technological progress, and the two Koreas appear to be more officially involved in the war, the arms race, and the dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang has stalled.

KCNA, a North Korean state-run news agency, reported on Wednesday that it was Pyongyang Tested successfully “New type” Ballistic missile Launched by submarine. The weapon is fitted “Many advanced control and guidance technologies”According to the KCNA, it was shot from the same submarine 8.24-Yongkong, More than what the country used during the first test of the first surface-to-air missile (SLBM) five years ago.

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Pyongyang has already launched two submarines in 2016 and 2019, but Pentagon and researchers believe it was carried out from a submerged site. The device, described by the South Korean military on Tuesday, was fired into the sea from Xinbo in eastern North Korea. Press.

Emergency meeting at the UN

If the new missile is successfully launched from an active submarine, it will mark a new phase for the North Korean arsenal, the potential for deployment beyond the Korean Peninsula and the ability to launch a second attack base in the event of an attack on its military. So at the request of the United Kingdom and the United Nations, diplomats say the UN Security Council plans to meet urgently behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon.

The White House said the new release was a threat that only emphasized the need “Emergency” Conversation with Pyongyang, but its commitment “Immovable” To help protect South Korea and Japan. UN sanctions continue as North Korea continues to build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of its resolutions.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with former US President Donald Trump three times, but talks stalled after the second summit in 2019 as international sanctions were lifted and Pyongyang was ready to agree. In 2017, North Korea tested missiles that could reach the entire United States and conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date.

World with AFP