North Korea has launched a “new type of ballistic missile”, reports North Korean state news agency KCNA. The missile was launched from a submarine and landed in the sea. KCNA speaks of “a successful test”.
According to neighbouring South Korea, the launch took place in the port of Sinpo, in eastern North Korea, where the submarines are stationed. South Korean media reports that the missile traveled a distance of about 450 kilometres and reached an altitude of about 60 kilometres before plunging into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea has been working on ballistic missiles that can be fired underwater for a long time. The country also carried out tests with such weapons in 2016 and 2019. The successful launch from a submarine means that North Korea is able to target targets in more places around the world.
North Korea has conducted a series of missile testing in recent weeks, including long-distance and hypersonic weapons, according to its own say. This violates the United Nations ban on ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons testing.
The UN considers ballistic missiles as a greater threat than cruise missiles because they can have a more powerful load, have a wider range, and can fly faster than cruise missiles.