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North Korea Hails Sub-Based Missile That Raises Security Stakes

  • Pukguksong-3’s range estimated to be roughly 1,900 kilometers
  • State media says missile test a boon for national security
An underwater-launched missile lifts off near Wonsan, North Korea on Oct. 2.
An underwater-launched missile lifts off near Wonsan, North Korea on Oct. 2.Source: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Photo
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North Korea called the first test of its new submarine-launched ballistic missile a major boost for its national security, saying it strengthens its hand to defend itself against adversaries.

The Thursday report from the official Korean Central News Agency also said that leader Kim Jong Un was absent from the test of its Pukguksong-3 missile a day earlier, a possible indicator that wants to distance himself personally from the move, which came just days before his state is set to resume long-delayed nuclear talks with the U.S.