Great news: North Korea successfully launches missile from submarine

Great news: North Korea successfully launches missile from submarine
Dear Shipmate watches sub sailors take a bow after mighty and powerful ballistic missile launch in 2015. (Image: Screen grab of North Korean state video via YouTube, stimmekoreas (user))

[Ed. – This launch didn’t menace the United States.  Of course, the thing about submarines is, they can move closer to you.  But North Korea doesn’t have a sub capable of long-range operations (i.e., into the central Pacific).  Yet.  Darn good thing we have those tough sanctions in place.  So far they haven’t prevented North Korea from doing anything, but you never know when they’ll start.]

North Korea has fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday.

The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown for about 30 km (about 19 miles) — well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.

One U.S. official said Saturday the launch “was provocative but not a threat to the U.S. and the missile was fired away from South Korea and Japan.” But another U.S. official noted that after previous launch attempts by Pyongyang that didn’t appear to be successful, this one seems to have gone much better. …

[S]uch a launch is in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.S. State Department said.

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