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Defiant North Korea attempts submarine missile launch

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North Korea has continued to provoke its neighbours after it attempted to test-launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, a website that monitors Pyongyang said.
China has voiced out its concern through its state media saying Pyongyang is becoming a regional security threat with repeated missile tests and provocations.
A reclusive North Korea on Thursday published a report on NK News saying the “attempted” launch involved a Sinpo-class submarine, a new type of naval vessel built by the Korean People’s Army was aborted.
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According to the website monitoring activities of Pyongyang, the submarine sailed towards the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, prompting South Korean intelligence to track the vessel’s movement. But it turned back without firing the missile.
“It seems that the submarine dealt with a malfunction during the process of their fourth SLBM [submarine ballistic missile] test launch and decided to return,” an unidentified former South Korean admiral told the site.
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