North Korea 'conveys message that time is not on the US' side'

North Korea confirms it tested a submarine-launched missile a day after it said it would renew nuclear talks with Washington this weekend.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Still nuclear North Korea
Still nuclear North Korea

North Korea confirmed on Thursday that it successfully launched a new missile from a submarine on Wednesday, saying it was a "new phase for containing outside forces' threats."

The confirmation comes a day after the Hermit Kingdom said it would renew nuclear talks with Washington this weekend.

A submarine-based missile is a significant upgrade in North Korea's arsenal, enabling its deployment capabilities beyond its own peninsula.

'The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode' on Wednesday in the waters off Wonsan Bay," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. “The successful new-type SLBM test-firing comes to be of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence.”

According to United Nations Security Council resolutions, North Korea is banned from ballistic missile launches.

"The North is trying to convey a message that time is not on the side of the United States and that it could take a different path if the working-level talks don't go the way it wanted," said Du Hyeogn Cha, a visiting scholar at Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.