N.Korea Claims Progress on Submarine-Launched Missile

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    January 11, 2016 10:15

    A missile is launched from a submarine in this screen grab from a video released by state [North] Korean Central TV on Friday.

    North Korea continued to goad the international community with footage of what it says was a fresh and more successful test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

    The new claim came amid growing tensions after the North tested another nuclear device last Wednesday.

    State-run [North] Korean Central TV on Friday showed the footage as part of a propaganda segment about leader Kim Jong-un's visit to a military unit on Dec. 21.

    Kim is seen in a thick coat and hat standing on the deck of a ship watching the launch. The missile rises almost vertically from the sea before the engine ignites in the air 30 to 40 m above the surface and disappears into the clouds.

    Some experts believe the footage was doctored, none too subtly combining clips of improved Scud missiles launched a couple of years ago. They reason that no SLBM would ignite that far out of the water.

    In a previous test last May, a prototype missile launched from a submarine reportedly flew about 200 m before dropping back into the water.

    One source said the test last May was so far the only success on the way to developing the missile.

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