On September 15, both North and South Korea test-launched ballistic missiles a few hours apart, South Korea’s Presidential office said it conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test. The test followed two short-range North Korean ballistic missile launches detected by South Korea’s military, South Korea’s military said the North Korean missiles, launched from central North Korea about 800 kilometers (497 miles) on an apogee of 60 kilometers (37 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan
North Korea has unveiled a series of its own SLBMs in recent years, and is building an operational submarine to deploy them, Seoul officials have said.
“Possessing a SLBM has significant meaning in securing deterrence against omnidirectional threats, and it is expected to play a key role in building self-defence capability and peace on the Korean peninsula,”. The Presidential office said in a statement.
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