|North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observing the launch.|
North Korea has released a video showing what the country claims to be a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test last month. It comes two days after Pyongyang claimed to have tested its newly developed miniaturized hydrogen bomb.
The submarine-launched ballistic missile featured in the video was allegedly the KN-11, currently being developed by the North. According to the initial Washington Free Beacon (WFB) report earlier this week that missile was fired off a submerged the port city of Sinpo, where the country is building a Sinpo class submarine.
But the latest test appears to have been successful potentially adding oil to the fire of already tense situation surrounding Pyongyang nuclear program. According to US officials who spoke with WFB the missile could be fitted with a nuclear warhead within a year.
“The country seems to be in the stage of the ejection testing, but not in the completion stage,” South Korean military official told Yonhap news.
Friday’s broadcast follows the unanimous condemnation by the UN Security Council of North Korea’s most recent nuclear test which was carried out Wednesday. While Pyongyang claimed to have tested a new thermonuclear bomb, experts agree that the device tested was an atomic bomb similar to the three previous tests.