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South Korea joined an exclusive club last week, becoming only the eighth country to successfully test-fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), as its rival to the north stepped up preparations for a military parade that could see Pyongyang unveil yet more powerful weapons.

Seoul test-launched what is believed to be a variant of the Hyunmoo-2B ballistic missile, which has a roughly 500-kilometer range, from its 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine last week, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

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