South Korea has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, becoming only the seventh country in the world with the advanced technology.
The test, supervised by President Moon Jae-in, came hours after the nuclear-armed North fired two ballistic missiles into the sea.
The Presidential office said the missile was fired underwater from the South’s newly commissioned submarine Ahn Chang-ho, and flew the planned distance before hitting its target.
It is a strategic advance for the South, which has been strengthening its military capabilities as it seeks to counter the threat posed by the North, which is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
The Blue House said possessing a submarine-launched ballistic missile was a “very meaningful” advance in its deterrent, which would play a major role in self-reliant national.
All other countries with proven SLBM capabilities have nuclear weapons of their own.