North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.

Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said.

The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters.

The projectile reached Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a briefing, referring to an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.

The missile was fired at a high angle, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, an indication that its full range would be 1,000 km (620 miles) at an ordinary trajectory. The distance indicated the North's push to develop a submarine-launched missile system was paying off, officials and experts said.

North Korea's "SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) technology appears to have progressed," a South Korean military official told Reuters.

Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said the test appeared to be a success.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars in the region are not going to stop the trajectory of North Korea's growth in military hardware; and with this test firing, it appears as though North Korea's capabilities are improving rapidly.

I wish that China, South Korea, Japan, and the US could get Kim Jung Un to the negotiating table, and negotiate a true peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees on military and trade opportunities if North Korea stops their nuclear missile development; but of course, that... would be logical.

If not, I would not be surprised to see North Korea actually being able to target their missiles by the end of this year, with this much improvement seen on this sub-launched missiles.

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