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North Korea releases video of missile test

  • North Korea releases video of missile test
  • Seoul says it is archive footage
  • Tensions rise after North Korea claims to have tested an atomic bomb

The news

North Korea has released video footage of what it suggests is a fresh missile test.

Pyongyang says the missile was fired from a submarine.

The video, which is not dated, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un witnessing the test from the deck of a naval vessel.

South Korean media outlets say the video is in fact a montage of archive footage from missile tests in 2014 and 2015.

North Korea first claimed to have successfully tested a submarine-launched missile in May 2015.

A second, unsuccessful, test is thought to have taken place in November 2015.

The context

Tensions are already high on the Korean peninsula.

Seoul resumed propaganda broadcasts against Pyongyang on Friday after North Korea announced earlier this week that it had successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device.

North Korea is forbidden from developing any kind of nuclear weapon by the UN Security Council.

Several resolutions are already in place.

Nonetheless, South Korean military experts think Pyongyang is actively pursuing the development of missiles launched by submarine.

Analsyts say this would lift the threat to a new level.

What they are saying about North Korea’s actions?

“A threat to international security that requires new UN measures against the regime” – UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond

“Dangerous and provocative” – potential US Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton
“China should solve that problem” – potential US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump

“I condemn it unequivocally” – UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon

“China firmly opposes this. We urge North Korea to fulfill its promise of denuclearisation and stop any actions that would worsen the situation.” – Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunving

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