N. Korea Successfully Test-Fires New SLBM: KCNA

Politics

Seoul, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)--North Korea's Academy of National Defense Science successfully test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday, the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday.

The news agency said the missile was fired from the 8.24 Yongung ship, which is believed to be a submarine. It has not reported whether the test was observed by North Korea's top leader, Kim Jong Un.

On Tuesday, the South Korean military said that North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile from waters off the city of Sinpho in South Hamgyong Province in eastern North Korea toward the Sea of Japan the same day and that the missile is estimated to have flown some 590 kilometers while reaching an altitude of some 60 kilometers.

As the KCNA said that the new SLBM introduced flank mobility, gliding skip mobility and many other advanced control guidance technologies, the missile is believed to have flown in an anomalous manner.

Some experts have suggested that the launched missile was a small SLBM unveiled at a military exhibition in Pyongyang on Oct. 11, similar to Russia's Iskander short-range ballistic missile.

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