#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: North Korea has confirmed it fired a submarine ballistic missile, in what analysts say is the most provocative test by the hermit kingdom since it started nuclear talks with the United States in 2018: The launch comes just a day after the North announced it would resume talks with the United States this weekend, potentially ending a months-long deadlock that followed a vow by leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump to make progress.
- Analysts say the latest test “pushes the envelope”
- It is unclear if the missile was launched from a submarine or a platform at sea
- SLBMs can be used to retaliate against nuclear attack
Wednesday’s test is the first in three years of what has been a relatively young but rapidly progressing programme to deliver nuclear weapons: Analysts say it is likely a reminder by Pyongyang of the weapons capability it has been aggressively developing as it gears up for the new round of talks.
The exact type of the missile and the launch platform remain unclear, but it appears to be a step that “pushes the envelope,” said Joshua Pollack, a leading expert on nuclear and missile proliferation and editor of Nonproliferation Review: The missile was launched from the sea soon after 7am on Wednesday (local time), about 17 kilometres northeast of the coastal city of Wonsan, the site of one of North Korea’s military bases used for previous missile launches.
Japan initially said two missiles were launched but later clarified it was likely one projectile that split into two…..
#AceNewsDesk reports ……………….Published: Oct.01: 2019: ABC News
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