On Thursday, North Korea has informed that it had sucessfully test-fired a “new-type” of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, report local sources after Washington has raised alarm at the move days before the planned reinstitution of stalled nuclear discussion. 

“The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode” in the water off Wonsan Bay, reported the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday. 

It has identified the SLBM as a Pukguksong-3, which was “fired in a vertical mode”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent “warm congratulations” to the research units involved in the submarine-launch, which “had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries,” said the KCNA. North Korea is prohibited from ballistic missile launches by the United Nations Security Council, Tokyo has said that a part of the missile landed in water within the Japanese exclusive economic zone. 

The test-fire “ushered in a new phase in containing the threat of the outside forces to the DPRK and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense,” said the KCNA, used a formal acronym for the country.

The KCNA continued that the test-fire “had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries,” but didn’t disclose other details about the launch, except photos were released. 

Hours after announcing it would resume talks with Washington by holding working-level negotiations on October 5, North Korea has fired the ballistic missile. 

Today, North Korean Chief Nuclear Negotiator Kim Myong Gil has arrived at Beijing Airport with other officials, including the New Head of Foreign Ministry, Jo Chol Su. They already booked flights to Stockholm, Sweden, it seems that working-level talks may take place there, reported source, cited an airport official.  

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