South Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missile on September 15 in South Chungcheong province – Photo: AFP
On September 15, Yonhap news agency quoted information from the Blue House of Korea as saying that President Moon Jae In was present to supervise the missile launch from the Ahn Chang Ho submarine at the Anheung Test Center of the National Development Agency. National Defense (ADD), in South Chungcheong Province.
“Having an SLBM is important in ensuring the ability to deter threats from many sides. It will play an important role in building self-defence and peace on the Korean peninsula.” South Korea’s presidential office said.
A few hours earlier, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said North Korea had launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
According to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), the missile fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
South Korea is the seventh country to possess submarine-launched ballistic missiles, after the US, Russia, China, UK, France and India – Source: MBC
South Korean President Moon Jae In supervises the missile launch on September 15 – Photo: AFP
A South Korean ballistic missile was launched at the Anheung Test Center of the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), in South Chungcheong Province – Photo: AFP
South Korea’s nuclear envoy Noh Kyu Duk held a private phone call with his US and Japanese counterparts to discuss these new developments on the Korean peninsula.
The launch comes just days after North Korea announced it had successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile last weekend, calling it “a strategic weapon of great importance”.
The missile could be North Korea’s first weapon that can be fitted with a nuclear warhead, analysts say. This could mark a step forward in North Korea’s weapons technology, demonstrating a greater ability to evade defense systems.
South Koreans watch the news about North Korea’s missile launch on September 15 – Photo: AFP