N Korea fails in sub­ma­rine launched mis­sile test

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SEOUL: North Korea ap­par­ently test-fired a sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile yes­ter­day in the Sea of Ja­pan but the test was a fail­ure, a news agency re­port said. Yon­hap news agency quoted a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial as say­ing that the mis­sile, KN11, was fired be­tween 2:20 pm (05:20 GMT) and 2:40 pm.

“The North ap­pears to have failed in its launch,” said the of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity, ac­cord­ing to Yon­hap. “The mis­sile was not seen fly­ing in the air only de­bris from its cov­er­ings was spot­ted”, he said.

A South Korean de­fense min­istry spokesman re­fused to com­ment on the re­port when con­tacted by AFP. If con­firmed, it would mark the first time since May that the North has fired such a mis­sile. Leader Kim Jong-Un then over­saw an al­legedly suc­cess­ful test-launch of what the North claimed was “a strate­gic sub­ma­rine bal­lis­tic mis­sile”.

The mis­sile ap­peared to have flown only about 100 or 150 me­tres (330-495 feet) from the sur­face of the wa­ter but South’s de­fense min­istry de­scribed the launch at the time as “very se­ri­ous and wor­ri­some”. Un­der UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, the nu­clear armed North Korea is banned from any test us­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.

North and South Korea re­main tech­ni­cally at war af­ter a war ended in an armistice in­stead of a peace treaty in 1953. —AFP

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