North Korean submarine ballistic missile launch pictured as Kim confirms test

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North Korea test launched a new submarine ballistic missile, state-run media has confirmed.

The Academy of Defence Science announced that the new weapon is equipped with many advanced control guidance technologies, including lateral manoeuvres and glide jump manoeuvres.

Chosun Central News Agency says the new type of missile "will greatly contribute to the advancement of the nation's defence technology".

Reports of the launch describe the missile as demonstrating the Republic's military strength and loyalty to the Party Central Committee.

Those involved in the test have been credited as Yu Jin who is head of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, the deputy head of the Military Industry Department, Kim Jeong-sik, and leading officials of the Academy of National Defence Science.

According to the Japanese Prime Minister's Office, it was reported earlier on Tuesday morning that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

Just last week, Kim Jong-un showcased his arsenal of missiles as he spoke at a military conference.

During a speech he accused the US of "creating regional tension with wrong decisions and action".

"The United States has recently been sending frequent signals that it is not hostile to our country, but there is no behavioural basis to believe that it is not," he declared.

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