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Saturday 21 April 2018

US calls for North Korean restraint after missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire Credit: North Korea's Korean Central News Agency
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire Credit: North Korea's Korean Central News Agency

Doina Chiacu

The United States called on North Korea to refrain from taking actions that inflame tensions in the region after state media reported Pyongyang test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

A State Department official would not comment on the reported test but said launches using ballistic missile technology violate multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

"We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations," an official said.

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North Korea reported it had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

If true, it would indicate significant progress in the secretive state's pursuit of building missile-equipped submarines.

The North's leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test-launch from a location off-shore as the submarine dove under water and "a ballistic missile surfaced from the sea and soared into the air, leaving a fiery trail of blaze," official KCNA news agency said.

"Through the test, it was verified and confirmed that the underwater ballistic missile launch from a strategic submarine fully achieved the latest military, scientific and technical requirements," KCNA added.

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The report did not mention the date or the exact location of the test, but a separate KCNA dispatch on Saturday said Kim gave field guidance at a fishery complex in Sinpo, a port city on the country's east coast and the location of a known submarine base..

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


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