N.Korea: Missile test successful
NHK -- Feb 13
North Korea says it successfully test-fired an upgraded ballistic missile on Sunday. It says the test verified that its missile technology has improved.

The announcement was made through the country's state media on Monday. The media say the "Polar Star Two" ballistic missile was successfully launched under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un.

The missile was fired from a site near the city of Kusong in the northwestern province of Pyongan-pukdo on Sunday morning.

South Korea's military says the missile reached an altitude of 550 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan more than 500 kilometers east of the launch site.

North Korea says the missile was an upgraded version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile that was successfully tested in August last year, and that its powerful engine was loaded with solid fuel.

A series of photographs carried by the Korean Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, show the missile was launched using so called "cold launch" technology. The missile was first ejected by means of compressed gas from the launch pad before the rocket engine was ignited.

Another photo shows what's believed to be a trajectory of the missile on a TV monitor behind Kim Jong Un.

News source: NHK
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