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U.N. Security Council Calling Emergency Meeting After North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile from Submarine

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There is an emergency meeting being called by the U.N. Security Council in response to North Korea’s announcement that it successfully launched a ballistic missile from a submarine.

Reuters reported, “North Korea test-fired a new, smaller ballistic missile from a submarine, state media confirmed on Wednesday, a move that analysts said could be aimed at more quickly fielding an operational missile submarine.”

This statement from state media in North Korea came within one day of South Korea’s military reporting that it believed North Korea had fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the east coast of their country. This was just the most recent of a string of North Korean missile tests.

This action from North Korea pulled Japan’s new prime minister off the campaign trail and overshadowed the opening of a major arms fair in Seoul.

Nora O’Donnell, with the CBS Evening News, reported that the U.N. Security Council had asked for an emergency meeting over the recent test. O’Donnell showed pictures on her broadcast that was, according to the North Koreans, pictures of a missile being launched from a submarine. If these pictures were accurate, this would be a major advancement for the military of the country.

The CBS Evening News reporter added that the timing could be deliberate because President Biden’s special envoy for North Korea will reportedly soon meet with allies in South Korea. They will discuss reviving nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un.

This new tension from North Korea comes just days after the Financial Times reported that China had successfully launched a hypersonic missile that went completely around the globe before turning its aim on an intended target.

The Financial Times reported, “China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise.”  Apparently, five people familiar with the test verified that the Chinese military launched a rocket that carried a hypersonic glide vehicle. It flew through low-orbit space before zeroing in on its target.

The missile did miss its target by over 20 miles, according to three people who had been briefed on the intelligence. Some said that the test indicated that China had made significant progress on hypersonic weapons. If this is true, they are far more advanced than US officials realized. The test has created new questions concerning why the US often underestimates China’s military modernization.

The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command condemned the launch and said that it was destabilizing. It also stated that it did not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies.

Condemnation was shared by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who urged Pyongyang to comply with Security Council resolutions that ban ballistic missile launches.

A Deputy U.N. spokesman, Farhan Haq, indicated that Guterres called for North Korea to quickly resume diplomatic efforts for peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The United States, along with South Korea, together were investigating if the launched missile was a smaller and previously unseen version that had been displayed at an exhibit in Pyongyang last week, according to a military source who spoke with Reuters news outlet.

The joint investigation was also examining whether the missile was fired from North Korea’s experimental Gorae-class submarine.

South Korea is getting ready to test-fire its first home-grown space launch vehicle on Thursday. Experts say the rocket has few potential applications as a weapon, but tests like this are unlikely to be welcomed by their northern neighbors.