SEOL:South Korea says it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) for the first time, becoming the seventh country in the world with the advanced technology.
The presidential Blue House announced on Wednesday that a missile was fired underwater from the submerged 3,700-ton submarine Ahn Chang-ho and flew the planned distance before hitting its target.
President Moon Jae-in supervised the missile test.
Possessing an SLBM was "very meaningful in terms of securing deterrence against omnidirectional threats,” said the Blue House.
"It is expected to play a major role in self-reliant national defense and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula going forward," it added.
South Korea, which has been advancing its military power including its missile capabilities, has now become the world's seventh country to have developed SLBM technology.