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N Korea claims successful ballistic missile launch from submarine

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N Korea claims successful ballistic missile launch from submarine
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North Korea has released images purporting to show the successful test-fire of a ballistic missile from one of its submarines.

If authentic the launch represents significant progress in the secretive state’s military capabilities.

It will significantly reduce the amount of time a foreign state has to react compared to intercontinental missiles.

Shin In-Kyun who runs the independent forum Korea Defence Network said: “The potential of this is that existing missile defence against the North can be rendered useless.”

There are many who remain sceptical however and say North Korea has not demonstrated a functional guided propulsion mechanism.

The North has also not yet shown a successfully miniaturised nuclear warhead that could be fitted onto delivery vehicle for deployment.

North Korea is under United Nations sanctions banning it from developing or using ballistic missile technology.

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