North Korea releases video of missile test

North Korea releases video of missile test
By Euronews with Reuters, AFP, The Washington Post
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Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric with Seoul in the South

  • 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.

#NorthKorea releases video of ‘new’ missile test

— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 9, 2016

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

“The nuclear test is making North Korea more isolated and turning it into the land of death.”

— VICE News (@vicenews) January 8, 2016

Tensions are already high on the Korean peninsula.

100,000 rally in Pyongyang in show of support for North Korea's 'H-bomb test'

— ITV News (@itvnews) January 8, 2016

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

Guardian front page, Thursday 7 January 2016: North Korea’s ‘hydrogen bomb’ sends shockwaves through UN

— The Guardian (@guardian) January 6, 2016

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

Several resolutions are already in place.

Kim Jong-Un declares North Korean submarine missile launch test 'an eye-opening miracle' after critics in the West …

— DailyNew5 (@DailyNew5) May 26, 2015

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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