Washington DC: The United States has expressed concern after North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.
According to CNN, North Korean state news agency KCNA claimed the launch was successful, and said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had “guided on the spot the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile.”
“At the observation post he was briefed on the plan for the test-fire and gave an order for it. As soon as the order was issued, the submarine submerged as low as the biggest depth of waters for launching and fired the ballistic missile. The test-fire was aimed to confirm the stability of the underwater ballistic launching system in the maximum depth of waters.” KCNA reported.
Responding to the launch, a US official said that it was “provocative but not a threat to the U.S. and the missile was fired away from South Korea and Japan.”
But the U.S. State Department asserted that the launch was in violation with the United Nation Security Council resolutions.
“We have seen the reports that North Korea launched what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine in the Sea of Japan. Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
“We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations.
“The United States remains steadfast in its commitments to the defense of its allies. We will continue to coordinate closely with the ROK, Japan, and other allies and partners,” Kirby added.