North Korea has fired a submarine-launched
ballistic missile off its east coast, according to
South Korea’s military, the latest in a string of
missile launches by Pyongyang in defiance of UN
Security Council resolutions.
The missile was test-fired at around 530am (08:30
GMT) on Wednesday near the coastal city of Sinpo,
where satellite imagery shows a submarine base is
located, an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of
The launch comes two days after South Korea and
the US began annual military exercises that North
Korea condemned as a preparation for invasion,
and has threatened retaliation.
North Korea has become further isolated after a
January nuclear test, its fourth, and the launch of a
long-range rocket in February brought tightened
It has launched numerous missiles of various types
this year, including one this month that landed in
or near Japanese-controlled waters.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula were
exacerbated by the recent defection of North
Korea’s deputy ambassador in London to South
Korea, an embarrassing setback to the regime of
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.