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    North Korea will build a fully operational ballistic missile submarine in just two or three years from now, a senior South Korean defense official said on Monday.

    The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said photos of a test of North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile appeared authentic, Reuters reported.

    North Korea carried out an underwater test-fire of a submarine ballistic missile, according to a report, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday.

    The agency did not say exactly when and where the test actually happened, saying only that the site was “remote from land.”

    On February 10, 2005 North Korea declared it had developed a nuclear weapon exclusively as a nuclear deterrence against a possible attack from the outside.

    On October 9, 2006, Pyongyang announced it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test. An underground explosion was detected, its yield was estimated as less than a kiloton.

    A second nuclear test was conducted on May 25, 2009, resulting in an explosion estimated at between 2 and 7 kilotons.


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