July 8, 2016 11:40 pm

Seoul says North Korea test-fires submarine-launched missile

An undated photo released on 24 April 2016 by North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows an 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korean officials say North Korea test-fired what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its eastern coast.

An official at Seoul’s Defence Ministry on Saturday couldn’t immediately confirm how far the projectile travelled and where it landed.

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North Korean efforts to develop submarine-launched missile systems are a serious concern for rivals and neighbours because missiles from submerged vessels are harder to detect in advance.

The launch came a day after U.S. and South Korean military officials they’re ready to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defence system in South Korea to cope with North Korean threats.

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