North Korea fires ballistic missile from sub in first rocket launch in 2022

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North Korea has launched a deadly ballistic missile, from the back of a submarine, into the Sea of Japan.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japan Coast Guard have both confirmed the launch.

The Japan Coast Guard have also issued a warning to vessels at sea.

They said: "The possible ballistic missiles launched from North Korea earlier are believed to have already fallen.

"Vessels should pay attention to future information, and if they find a fallen object, do not approach them and report the relevant information to the Japan Coast Guard."

Japan's Ministry of Defence added on Twitter that they were investigating the launch, saying: "We will inform you as soon as a follow-up report is available."

According to South Korean officials, this submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) is a 'mini' version of another missile test-launched from the 8.24 Hero submarine on October 19 last year.

This new, smaller weapon was unveiled at a defence exhibition last year.

South Korean sources report that Kim Jong-un was not present at today's launch as he was not included on the list of officials directing it.

They also reported that it was a test launch.

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