Russia test-fires ballistic missile

Other News Materials 30 June 2006 15:21 (UTC +04:00)

(AP) - Russia test-fired a ballistic missile Friday from a submarine in the Barents Sea to the Kamchatka peninsula in the country's Far East, defense officials said.

The missile landed on the Kura test range some 3,000 miles away.

"The successful firing confirmed the high readiness of the Navy Strategic Nuclear Forces and the effectiveness of the military command system," Navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said in a statement, reports Trend.

Last week, Russia summoned North Korea's ambassador to express alarm that Pyongyang was apparently planning to launch a long-range missile, warning him of Moscow's opposition to any steps that would destabilize the region.

According to intelligence reports, the missile, a Taepodong-2, was being fueled at a launch pad on North Korea's northeastern coast. A U.S. government estimate puts the range of the Taepodong-2 missile at between 5,000 and 7,500 miles, making it capable of reaching the United States.