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North Korea Likely Fired First Submarine Missile Since 2019

  • Weapon would add to options for nuclear deterrent against U.S.
  • Kim Jong Un’s regime has stepped up tests in recent weeks
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North Korea appears to have fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile for the first time in two years, adding to a series of tests demonstrating Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of nuclear-capable weapons that can evade U.S. interceptors.

The regime is suspected of launching an SLBM Tuesday from the eastern port of Sinpo into waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, South Korea’s military said. While authorities in Seoul didn’t say whether the missile was fired from a vessel or underwater platform, the Yonhap News Agency cited a person familiar with the matter as saying it might have been launched from a submarine.