North Korea says it has test-fired a new underwater ballistic missile, describing it as a “world level strategic weapon.” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was at the site of the event and gave the order of the missile launch from an attack submarine, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported early on Saturday. According to the KCNA, the weapon was developed based on a plan proposed by Kim.
Describing the test as an “eye-opening success,” Kim stressed that the North Korean army is capable of “striking and wiping out in any waters the hostile forces.” It is not still clear that the missile was the controversial KN-11, the North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile reportedly under development. Some reports say North Korea earlier conducted three tests with the missile on an underwater test platform near the country’s coastal city of Sinpo in October 2014, on January 23, and April 22, 2015. MORE