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North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

  • Sung Kim, President Biden's special envoy for North Korea, is due to hold meetings with U.S. allies in South Korean capital Seoul on the matter this week.

Details: Wednesday's claims by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) fit with detections by South Korean officials of a missile launch about 10:17am on Tuesday local time "from the vicinity of Sinpo," a North Korean test site for submarine-launched missiles, per Reuters.

  • KCNA claimed "the new-type submarine-launched ballistic missile, which introduced many developed controlling and homing technologies ... will make a great contribution to further developing the defense technology of the country and improving the underwater operation capacity of the navy."

What they're saying: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that the launches "underscore the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy."

  • "Our offer remains to meet anywhere, anytime without preconditions," Psaki added.

Of note: The detected launch also forced Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to stop campaigning for the country's Oct. 31 general election and cast a shadow over a "major arms fair" in Seoul, Reuters notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from KCNA and Psaki.

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Oct 21, 2021 - World

South Korea launches first domestic space rocket

People watch the launch of Nuri on TV at a Seoul railway station on Oct. 21. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

South Korea launched its first domestically produced space rocket on Thursday but failed to deliver a test satellite into orbit after the rocket's final stage shut down early, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: The test of its Nuri — or "world" — rocket was a major step forward for South Korea, an up-and-coming space power, but shows that it still has room for improvement in future trials.

Updated 14 hours ago - Sports

The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

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