North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
The test, if confirmed, follows a test-launch in May of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which Pyongyang boasted as a success but has not been independently verified.
“There is no identification of a missile taking flight and only fragments of a safety cover was observed so it’s highly likely that the launch was a misfire,” a South Korean government source was quoted as saying by Yonhap.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry declined to confirm the report citing its policy of not commenting on intelligence matters.
The North’s May test launch of an SLBM fueled alarm in South Korea and the United States about the possibility of advances in the military capabilities of a state that is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Read more