Days before the nuclear talks, North Korea fires a ballistic missile

North Korea fired a ballistic missile just days before Washington and Pyongyang were set to resume nuclear talks.

Seoul said on Wednesday that North Korea fired the ballistic missile what appeared to be a submarine-launched missile.

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According to the analysts, North Korea is testing the ballistic missiles as a way of maintaining pressure on the negotiating partners and may believe that this weapons system gives it added leverage.

The recently-fired missile system would allow the deployment of missile far beyond the Korean peninsula and a second-strike capability in an event of an attack on its military bases which would take the arsenal of North Korea to a new level.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said that it has detected a ballistic missile early Wednesday which was fired from the sea in an easterly direction.

The missile fired by North Korea was “believed to be one of the Pukkuksong models”, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, referring to a line of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) under development by the North.

The JCS further said that the launches like this are not helpful to efforts to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and we urge North Korea again to stop these types of tests immediately.

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