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. in waters northeast of the port city of Sinpo, said South Korea’s Officials. North Korea’s naval base at Sinpo is a center for the country’s efforts to develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile, or S.L.B.M., which would add to the range, secrecy and flexibility of its missile systems.
North Korea’s claim to have developed a smaller one-ton nuclear warhead is of grave concern to South Korea and neighboring countries. Such a warhead could easily level a quarter of a city the size of Seoul.
Of greater concern to the U.S. and the rest of the world is North Koreas’s eminent ability to fire these warheads from submarines. With a range of 850 miles, a missile fired from an undetected submarine could target virtually any country and most cities by repositioning their submarine.
sources: CNN, Youtube, New York Times