North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. U.S. and South Korea agreed on defensive measures due to the North Korean threat.
On Saturday, July 9, North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine near the port city of Shinpo. It remains unknown whether the launch was successful.
Last time North Korea tested ballistic missiles on June 22. One of them flew 150 km and fell into the Sea of Japan. The flight range of the second one was 400 km. Also, North Korean military performed a launch from a submarine in April of 2016. After flying 30 km, the missile exploded in the air.
On Friday, July 8, the U.S. Department of Defense and South Korea confirmed the agreement on the deployment of American missile defense THAAD on the Korean peninsula. The joint statement called the deployment a “defensive measure”, aimed at the protection of the South Korean population from a possible aggression from North Korea.