N Korea confirms check of ‘new type’ submarine-launched missile

State media says the check, the eighth this yr, was ‘successful’ because the US urged Pyongyang to chorus from ‘provocations’ and resume talks.

North Korea has confirmed it test-fired a brand new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), a day after South Korea reported the launch of what it stated seemed to be an SLBM from North Korea’s east coast.

State media stated on Wednesday a “new type” of SLBM had been launched, releasing a sequence of photographs of the missile.

The machine had “lots of advanced control guidance technologies”, North Korea’s state information company Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated, including that it was fired from the identical vessel that the North utilized in its first SLBM check 5 years in the past.

The report didn’t point out chief Kim Jong Un, suggesting he didn’t watch the check.

The launch near town of Sinpo, the place Pyongyang has a serious naval base, is the eighth this yr and the primary check of an SLBM since 2019. The North is banned from missile checks underneath United Nations sanctions.

The UN Security Council has referred to as an emergency assembly on North Korea for Wednesday, unnamed diplomats advised the Agence France Presse information company.

A mix of images exhibits a brand new submarine-launched ballistic missile throughout a check on this undated photograph launched on October 19, 2021 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [KCNA via Reuters]

The White House urged North Korea to chorus from additional “provocations”, with spokeswoman Jen Psaki saying that the US remained open to participating diplomatically with North Korea over its weapons programmes.

Talks have been stalled since a summit between Kim after which US President Donald Trump collapsed in 2019.