A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said the recent test launch of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was not aimed at the United States, Interfax reported.
“Since our test launch was planned solely for national defense and not for review or targeting the United States, there is no need to worry or agonize,” the statement said.
On the morning of October 19, information appeared that the North Korean military launched a short-range ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan.
The range of its flight, according to various estimates, was from 450 to 590 km, and the height of the trajectory was 60 km. At the same time, the Japanese authorities reported that the DPRK launched two missiles.
The US condemned the ballistic missile launch and called on North Korea to refrain from any destabilizing action.