The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has conducted the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.
South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled 19 miles, which is much less than the distance (180 miles) a submarine-launched ballistic missile can fly.
However, news agency KCNA has claimed the launch a success and stated that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had "guided on the spot the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile."
US State Department spokesman John Kirby was quoted by presstv.ir as saying: "Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions.
"We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further destabilise the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations."
In a statement, the United Nations Security Council ‘strongly condemned’ the firing and said that such activities increase tension in the region and beyond.
A press statement issued today by the 15-member body said: "This incident constituted yet another serious violation by the DPRK of UN Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016)."
The members of the council reiterated that the DPRK "shall refrain from further actions in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions, including to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and in this context re-establish its previous commitments to a moratorium on missile launches."
It also added the situation would be closely monitored and further significant measures will be taken in line with its previously expressed determination.