North Korea releases video of missile test

North Korea releases video of missile test

North Korea releases video of missile test
Pyongyang says it is archive footage

Tensions rise after North Korea claims to have tested an atomic bomb

The news

North Korea has released video footage of what it suggests is a fresh missile test.

Pyongyang says the missile was fired from a submarine.

#NorthKorea releases video of ‘new’ missile test https://t.co/0ljmWNq7U0 pic.twitter.com/vk5f6UZEIT— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 9, 2016

The video, which is not dated, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un witnessing the test from the deck of a naval vessel.

South Korean media outlets say the video is in fact a montage of archive footage from missile tests in 2014 and 2015.

North Korea first claimed to have successfully tested a submarine-launched missile in May 2015.

A second, unsuccessful, test is thought to have taken place in November 2015.

The context

“The nuclear test is making North Korea more isolated and turning it into the land of death.” https://t.co/YMIbauVniq— VICE News (@vicenews) January 8, 2016

Tensions are already high on the Korean peninsula.

100,000 rally in Pyongyang in show of support for North Korea’s ‘H-bomb test’ https://t.co/0NAiE6bKEm pic.twitter.com/uIGoya026C— ITV News (@itvnews) January 8, 2016

Seoul resumed propaganda broadcasts against Pyongyang on Friday after North Korea announced earlier this week that it had successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device.

Guardian front page, Thursday 7 January 2016: North Korea’s ‘hydrogen bomb’ sends shockwaves through UN pic.twitter.com/NukukkOKo5— The Guardian (@guardian) January 6, 2016

North Korea is forbidden from developing any kind of nuclear weapon by the UN Security Council.

Several resolutions are already in place.

Kim Jong-Un declares North Korean submarine missile launch test ‘an eye-opening miracle’ after critics in the West … pic.twitter.com/5FoczDKym4— DailyNew5 (@DailyNew5) May 26, 2015

Nonetheless, South Korean military experts think Pyongyang is actively pursuing the development of missiles launched by submarine.

Analsyts say this would lift the threat to a new level.

What they are saying about North Korea’s actions?

“A threat to international security that requires new UN measures against the regime” – UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond

“Dangerous and provocative” – potential US Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton
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“China should solve that problem” – potential US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump

“I condemn it unequivocally” – UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon

“China firmly opposes this. We urge North Korea to fulfill its promise of denuclearisation and stop any actions that would worsen the situation.” – Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunving

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