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NK leader claims SLBM test was 'greatest success'


In a jubilant tone, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea had accomplished "huge military achievements" and quoted leader Kim Jong-un as saying the country mastered a "nuclear striking capability".

He said the United States is drafting the text of a news statement "and we will have a look at it".

North Korea has been heavily sanctioned over its missile and nuclear weapons development programs but they say they are justified because of the threat posed by the US and South Korea.

The SLBM was sacked at a high trajectory powered by a solid fuel engine, the KCNA said, claiming that the test demonstrated its "perfect" mastering of core technologies. "The SLBM [Submarine-launched ballistic missile] test-fire was successfully carried out without any adverse impact on neighboring countries".

The statement came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine off its eastern coast on Wednesday.

Moreover, China, Japan, and South Korea put aside the issues over territorial disputes and wartime history among the countries but instead, they unite as they show criticisms in the latest missile launch of North Korea.

But they also say North Korean scientists are learning from each try, and recent high-profile successes like Wednesday's launch are raising alarms.

Current UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, but Pyongyang has continued to carry out numerous launches following its fourth nuclear test in January.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Sunchon Chemical Complex in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 13, 2016.

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A cyclists rides past national flags flown to mark the celebration of the "Military First" holiday in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door meeting on Wednesday at the request of the United States and Japan to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch, diplomats said. North Korea only has a single Gorae-class submarine (2,000 tons), the submarine that would operate the missile, and even that submarine is only equipped with one launch tube.

North Korea has several land-based missiles with a range that puts them in reach of USA bases in the region.

A man passes by a TV news program with file footage of a North Korean rocket launch at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

Pyongyang had been threatening to vent its fury over the exercises - and over South Korea's decision to host a US anti-missile unit - so Wednesday's launch did not exactly come as a surprise.

"This poses a grave threat to Japan's security and is an unforgivable act that damages regional peace and stability markedly", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. So the US dropped the statement, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

Since the start of this year, North Korea has been at the center of worldwide attention in view of its active missile testing.

About 28,500 USA troops are based in South Korea and tens of thousands of more in Japan.

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