North Korea Launches Missile from Submarine; says can hit USA with Nukes “anytime it wants”

Sunday, April 24, 2016
By Paul Martin
Apr 24, 2016

North Korea said today that a submarine-launched ballistic missile test had been a “great success” and gave the hermit country “one more means for powerful nuclear attack” adding that it is now capable of hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the U.S. imperialists (i.e. Seoul and Washington, DC) any time it pleases,” it said.

The launch is the latest in a recent string of North Korean demonstrations of military might that began in January with its fourth nuclear test and included the launch of a long-range rocket the next month.

The tests have increased tension on the Korean peninsula, angered ally China and triggered new U.N. sanctions.

Analysts say the tests could be part of a bid by Kim to bolster his position in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress in May.

Concern has been growing that North Korea could soon conduct another nuclear test. Those concerns sparked an unusual — and some say ominous — warning from the United States, which, for the first time, said it would “respond strongly” to any further nuclear detonations.

North Korea fired the missile from a submarine off its east coast on Saturday and it flew for about 30 km (18 miles), a South Korean Defense Ministry official said late on Saturday.

South Korea was trying to determine whether the launch may have been a failure, for unspecified reasons, the official said.

The North’s official news agency KCNA said the test-firing was “another great success,” without disclosing the date and place of the launch, which it said was guided by leader Kim Jung Un.

“The successful test-fire would help remarkably bolster the underwater operational capability of the KPA navy, it said.

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