On October 20, North Korea announced they had successfully fired a “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile on October 19.
According to the North Korean government, who have a reputation for being really trustworthy and honest, the SLMB was simply a test-fire. The announcement came after South Korea said it believed it had detected submarine-launched ballistic being launched by their northern neighbors “toward the East Sea.”
“The short-range missile was launched from waters east of Sinpo, a city on the North’s east coast,” South Korea said. “The missile traveled about 590 kilometers at a top altitude of around 60 km.”
According to experts, the “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile may “boost the North’s tactical capabilities targeting South Korea and Japan.”
Despite this worrying news, North Korean officials have told America not to worry. “As our test-launch was planned purely for national defense, not in consideration of or targeting the U.S., there is no need for it to worry or agonize,” an unnamed spokesperson said.
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