North Korea Testing Underwater Ballistic Missiles

According to state-run news agency KCNA, Pyongyang’s most recent military exercise was considered successful by North Korean officials.



North Korea recently conducted a test of submarine-launched, underwater missiles, according to state-run news agency KCNA. According to the news agency, the nation's latest military project was “developed on the personal initiative of Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un.” It is quite difficult to verify any of the country's state media, but if the reports are true, then North Korea would be in violation of United Nations sanctions that ban the country from acquiring missile and ballistic technology. The missile tests that were conducted as of late were the latest in a number of military exercises by Pyongyang in
last few months.  A research group at Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute said on its website, 38 North, that in spite of speculation about Pyonyang planning to conduct a fourth nuclear test, satellite imagery found no evidence that the country will actually do so. However, the report also said that “it is quite possible that one or more tunnels at the facility are sufficiently complete to be readied for another nuclear test should Pyongyang make the political decision to move forward.” The U.S. State Department has condemned this action, stating: “Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council
resolutions. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations. The United States remains steadfast in its commitments to the defense and its allies. We will continue to coordinate closely with the ROK.”

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