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North Korea confirms underwater missile test launch

Pyonyang said its missile launch had been a 'great success' Credit: APTN

North Korea has confirmed it conducted a submarine-launched ballistic missile test, calling the test-fire a "great success" that gives the country "one more means for powerful nuclear attack".

The South Korean military had earlier reported that Pyonyang had fired a missile from a submarine on its east coast, but said it was trying to determine whether the launch had been a success.

It [the missile launch] fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements for carrying out ... underwater attack operation.

– North Korean news agency KCNA

The US Strategic Command said it had detected and tracked a North Korean submarine missile launch but it did not pose a threat to North America.

France called on the EU to unilaterally adopt additional sanctions on North Korea if the missile launch was confirmed.

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