North Korea: We Fired a Missile From Submarine

Test of ballistic missile reportedly successful
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2015 9:06 AM CDT
South Koreans pass by a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's missile test.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-oon)

(Newser) – North Korea has apparently joined the SLBM club, which, much to the disappointment of the South and the US, stands for submarine-launched ballistic missile. A North Korean newspaper today announced that its test missile "soared into the sky from underwater," reports the Korea Times. It also had photos of Kim Jong Un seemingly watching the test, notes USA Today. Assuming it's legit, the addition of sub-launched missiles adds an obvious strength to the North's missile arsenal.

It will “make our enemies lose sleep because they are like time bombs that can go off any time on their back," Kim is quoted as saying in the Central News Agency, reports the New York Times. In the article, he said the North would start "systematized" production of such missiles soon. South Korean defense analysts figured the North was still years away from being able to launch from subs, notes the Times. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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