Korean arms race heats up as Pyongyang confirms test of submarine-launched ballistic missile

The arms race on the Korean Peninsula has intensified, after North Korea successfully tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The US, Japan and South Korea had been discussing the escalating standoff with Pyongyang. Germany is now the latest to condemn the test. Pyongyang has claimed that the missile has advanced technologies that could make it harder to track. It is thinner and smaller than earlier models, designed to boost the North’s underwater capabilities. Meanwhile, South Korea is holding what is said to be the country’s largest ever defence exhibition this week.

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