Nuclear-armed Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners. Photo: AFP

Is North Korea’s new submarine ballistic missile a threat to US?

  • Military experts say the missile is not a significant threat as it would be reliant on a submarine that uses technology from decades ago
  • The North’s submarine-based missile ambitions may be more about politics and having a bargaining chip in talks with the US, says analyst
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Nuclear-armed Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners. Photo: AFP
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The submarine-launched ballistic missile was fired from a location near Wonsan Bay, according to North Korea’s state news agency. Photo: AP

Did North Korea use missile launch to have a stronger hand for US nuclear talks?

  • Pyongyang wants Washington to know it won’t give up its nuclear programme without a fight, observer says
  • News agency KCNA confirms firing of a Pukguksong-3 ballistic missile from a submarine
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The submarine-launched ballistic missile was fired from a location near Wonsan Bay, according to North Korea’s state news agency. Photo: AP
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