North Korea has claimed it has successfully test-fired a submarine-based ballistic missile “developed on the personal initiative” of leader Kim Jong-Un.
Kim, who personally oversaw the test, hailed the missile as a “world-level strategic weapon capable of striking and wiping out in any waters the hostile forces infringing upon (North Korea’s) sovereignty and dignity”, said the country’s KCNA news agency.
There was no immediate independent confirmation of the test, which would mark a major breakthrough for the country’s missile programme and violate UN resolutions prohibiting Pyongyang from conducting ballistic missile tests.
Development of a submarine-launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.
But the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University believes Pyongyang is likely to be “years” away from achieving the required technology that would offer the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike nuclear capability… see more