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Graphic shows details of Pyongyang’s KN-11 ballistic missile and a timeline of key events in the nuclear talks beween North Korea and the U.S. since the first launch of sub-launched ballistic missile in 2016.


North Korea may have fired missile from submarine

By Duncan Mil

October 2, 2019 - North Korea may have fired another submarine-launched ballistic missile – a technology it had been developing before it halted all long-range missile testing and began talks with the U.S. in 2018.

The launching came just hours after Pyongyang said it would resume nuclear talks with the U.S.

South Korean military radars detected what may be a Pukguksong (KN-11) missile flying about 450km at a maximum altitude of 910km after liftoff from a site about 17km off the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan.

If fired at a standard trajectory, the missile could have travelled 1,500-2,000km, Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, wrote on Facebook.

If confirmed, it would be the first time North Korea has launched an undersea missile in three years. The last SLBM tested by the North is thought to have taken place in August 2016, before U.S. President Donald Trump even took office.

President Trump has downplayed the significance of recent short-range launches by North Korea, but it's unclear whether he would do the same this time.

PUBLISHED: 02/10/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: KCNA