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North Korea Hails ‘Greatest Success’ Of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

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Posted: Aug 25, 2016 at 11:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un crowed about “the greatest success” of a ballistic missile launched from a submarine this week, which appeared to be a major technological breakthrough for the nuclear-armed regime.

After a series of flops, North Korea launched a missile from a submarine near its east coast port of Sinpo early Wednesday morning. It flew about 300 miles before falling into the sea inside Japan’s air defense identification zone, the area in which Tokyo controls aircraft movement.

The launch, apparently of a KN-11 or “North Star” missile, contravenes U.N. resolutions and was roundly condemned by Japan, South Korea and China, as well as by the United States and the United Nations.

But in North Korea’s state media Thursday, the apparently successful launch was cause for major celebration. The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party, carried seven color photos on its front page Thursday, including a large one of Kim surrounded by military officials, all of them smiling broadly.

Such images are used in North Korea propaganda in an effort to convince the populace, who have little, if any, access to outside information, that their impoverished and technologically-backwards country is strong and standing up to a United States that, the state media say, is trying to destroy North Korea.

Kim lauded the missile launch as “a great manifestation and demonstration of the tremendous power and inexhaustible muscle,” according to the Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea had “joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability” and the U.S. mainland was now within North Korea’s striking range, he said.

The missile was launched at a steep angle, a South Korean military source told Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, meaning it likely could have travelled for more than 600 miles if it had been fired at a regular angle.

The launch coincided with the start of annual drills between the South Korean and American militaries, exercises that always elicit an angry reaction from the North, which views them as a pretext for an invasion. The young North Korean leader came out with another round of bluster Thursday. (WP)