Pyongyang: North Korea has fired ‘submarine-launched ballistic missile’ ahead of nuclear talks. The country had announced that nuke talks with US will resume on October 5.
Analysts say that Pyongyang frequently resorted to diplomatic overtures with military moves to exert pressure on negotiating partners.
A proven submarine-based missile capability would take the North’s arsenal to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a “second-strike” capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.
The missile was “believed to be one of the Pukkuksong models”, the JCS said in a statement, referring to a line of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) under development by the North.
The North carried out a successful test of the Pukkuksong-1, also known as KN-11, in August 2016 which flew around 500 kilometres.
The United States said it was monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula.