South Korean forces fired a ballistic missile from a submarine for the first time on Wednesday, hours after North Korea fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
South Korean President Moon Jae In monitored the launches from the test center in South Chung Cheong Province on the shores of the Yellow Sea, according to reports from the Yonhap news agency.
The missile in question was fired from a 3,000-ton submarine and flown the estimated distance before hitting a target. “Possession of these types of missiles is important in terms of security against potential threats,” he said in a statement.
“It is expected to play an important role in peacebuilding on the Korean peninsula and in defense work,” the text reads.
The South Korean government has said the country is the seventh country to be able to launch missiles from submarines, a list that already includes China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, India and Russia.