North Korea fired two missiles from a submarine, striking an underwater target, according to state media reports on Sunday. This photo of the launch was released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via Reuters)
CNN: North Korea fires 2 missiles from submarine, state media reports
North Korea launched two missiles from a submarine in the waters of the Sea of Japan Sunday morning local time, according to the state-run news agency KCNA.
The “strategic cruise missiles” were launched from a “8.24 Yongung” submarine, according to KCNA – the same vessel used to test North Korea’s first submarine-launched ballistic missile in 2016, CNN previously reported.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said earlier Sunday that North Korea fired at least one unidentified missile from a submarine near the port city of Sinpo in the South Hamgyong province.
KCNA claimed the missiles flew for over an hour, traveling roughly 1,500 km (932 miles) per hour and performing figure-of-eight shaped patterns before “precisely” hitting a target.
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Update #1: North Korea tests submarine-launched missile, Seoul confirms (AP)
Update #2: North Korea test-fires strategic cruise missiles from submarine (CBC/Reuters)
WNU Editor: This test is happening a day before the U.S. and South Korean militaries begin their large-scale joint military drills that North Korea regards as a precursor to invasion.