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North Korea test-fired new sub-launched missile: KCNA

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North Korea said on Thursday it had successfully test-fired a "new-type" of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media reported, after Washington voiced alarm at the move just days before the planned resumption of stalled nuclear talks.

[SEOUL] North Korea said on Thursday it had successfully test-fired a "new-type" of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media reported, after Washington voiced alarm at the move just days before the planned resumption of stalled nuclear talks.

"The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode" on Wednesday in the waters off Wonsan Bay, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

It identified the SLBM as a Pukguksong-3.

The North's leader Kim Jong Un sent "warm congratulations" to research units involved in the launch, which "had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries," KCNA said.

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North Korea is banned from ballistic missile launches by United Nations Security Council resolutions, and Tokyo said earlier that a part of the missile landed in waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The test-firing "ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces' threat to the DPRK and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence," KCNA said, using a formal acronym for the North.

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