- South Korea Defense Ministry said missile fired off Sinpo
- Launch comes before meeting of North Korea's Workers' Party
North Korea launched a missile from a submarine off its east coast as troops from neighboring South Korea remain on alert for a possible nuclear test.
The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time on Saturday from waters off the city of Sinpo, said a South Korean Defense Ministry official, who asked not to be identified in line with government policy. It wasn’t clear how far the missile flew, the official said.
North Korea has claimed in the past year that it’s capable of firing a missile from a submarine. The nation’s leader Kim Jong Un said recently his country would soon test a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a ballistic missile.
In January, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test and released a video of Kim overseeing a submarine missile launch. Kim has called for a strengthening of the country’s nuclear deterrent before a Workers’ Party meeting in May and rejected proposals to discuss nuclear arms as part of negotiations with other nations.