South Korea says North Korean test missile uses 'cold eject' launch system

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North Korea said on Monday (Feb 13) that it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day.
North Korea said on Monday (Feb 13) that it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A missile fired by North Korea on Sunday (Feb 12) used a "cold eject" launch system, where the missile is initially propelled by compressed gas before its rocket engine ignites, South Korea's military said on Monday.

A South Korean military source told Reuters that North Korea's missile was a new type of solid-fuel intermediate-range missile using submarine-launched ballistic missile technology.

North Korea said on Monday that it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day, claiming further advancement in its missile technology.