UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — North Korea tested on 2 October a “new type” of ballistic missile, fired from a submarine. The North Korean official news agency KCNA has identified this craft as a Pukguksong 3, a ballistic sea-to-ground missile.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency announced on Thursday (October 3rd) that the test shot the previous day was a “new type” of ballistic missile from a submarine and that it was was unrolled successfully.
KCNA identified this craft as a Pukguksong 3, ie a ballistic sea-ground missile (SLBM), as alleged by the South Korean staff.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent his “warm congratulations” to the research units involved in the shooting, which had “no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries,” according to the agency.
The South Korean staff said a missile had traveled Wednesday morning 450 km towards the Sea of Japan, east of the peninsula, reaching a maximum altitude of 910 km.
Pukguksong is an SLBM whose first successful test was on August 24, 2016. It flew 500 km to Japan.
According to experts, this is an intermediate-range missile that can travel about 2,000 km.
The United States has said it is monitoring the situation.
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