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North Korea has highlighted its growing “military muscle” with the launch of a “new type” of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the nuclear-armed country said Wednesday, in a move that has intensified talk in Tokyo of Japan acquiring the capability to strike enemy bases.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch that the new weapon “will greatly contribute to putting the defense technology of the country on a high level and to enhancing the underwater operational capability” of its navy.

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