North Korea launches new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles: Report

SEOUL - North Korea has launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, military and government sources in Seoul said on Sunday, raising further concerns over the North's evolving missile and nuclear threats.

The communist country "imported a Soviet-era Golf-class diesel submarine and modified it," Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying.

The Soviet vessel was built in 1958 and decommissioned in 1990, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"The new submarine is 67 metres long with a beam of 6.6 metres, and has a dived displacement in the 3,000-ton range," the source added.