Today, South Korea conducted its first underwater-launched missile test. The test comes hours after, rival North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the sea.
Releasing a statement, President Moon Jae-in’s office cited that Moon observed the test of a domestically-constructed submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday afternoon. The statement read that the missile was fired from a 3,000-tonne-class submarine. After firing, the missile flew a previously set distance before hitting a designated target.
The announcement followed two North Korean ballistic missile launches detected by South Korea earlier Wednesday. North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the sea in defiance of U.N. resolutions, the second weapons test in several days that experts say shows it’s pressing ahead with its arms build-up plans while nuclear diplomacy with the United States remains stalled.
Talking to the media, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke about the missiles launched from central North Korea. Reportedly, the missiles from North Korea flew about 800 kilometers (497 miles) on an apogee of 60 kilometers (37 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.