North Korea Successfully Test Launches Missile from Submarine

Yesterday, at 5:30am Pyongyang time, North Korea achieved what, as little as two years ago, many experts thought was impossible: it test launched a missile from a submarine that traveled over 500km. This unexpected success is worrisome for several reasons. Aside from the technical leap forward that the test demonstrates, the geopolitical context in which it occurred also matters. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un ordered the test amidst a confluence of regional events for maximum symbolic impact.

Technical Achievement

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