North Korea test-fires submarine-launched
ballistic missile: South Korea
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[August 24, 2016]
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired
a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast, South Korea's
military said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of missile launches
by the isolated country in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
North Korea test-fired the missile at around 5:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. ET)
near the coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery shows a
submarine base to be located, an official at South Korea's Joint Chiefs
of Staff said.
The launch comes two days after rival South Korea and the United States
began annual military exercises in the South that North Korea condemns
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 UN sanctions.
It has launched numerous missiles of various types this year, including
one this month that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides on the spot the underwater
test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile in this undated
photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in
Pyongyang on April 24, 2016. KCNA/via REUTERS.
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.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Writing by Tony Munroe;
Editing by James Dalgleish)
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