North Korea leader hails 'miracle' ballistic missile test
Iran Press TV
Tue May 26, 2015 5:55AM
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised as a "miracle" the country's test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this month.
Addressing a gathering of the scientists and technicians involved in the test, Kim described the missile launch as an "eye-opening miracle" and a "historical event" that had left Pyongyang with a powerful strategic weapon, the country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Tuesday.
The comments came after Pyongyang announced on May 9 that it has successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of the ballistic missile. However, some Westerners have questioned the authenticity of the photos released following the test.
According to an earlier report by the KCNA, the weapon was developed based on a plan proposed by Kim.
North Korea is under UN sanctions over launching rockets considered by the West as ballistic missiles aimed at delivering nuclear warheads.
The Asian country reportedly conducted three tests with the missile on an underwater test platform near the country's coastal city of Sinpo in October 2014, on January 23, and April 22, 2015.
Pyongyang maintains that its numerous missile tests, slammed mainly by the US and South Korea, seek to boost defense capabilities in the face of enemy threats.
North Korea says it will not relinquish its nuclear deterrence unless the US ends its hostile policy toward North Korea and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea.
The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of military rhetoric since the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953 and ended in an armistice. No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that Pyongyang and Seoul remain technically at war.
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