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North Korea claims successful test of submarine- fired missile

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SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile test as a ‘great success’ that gave his country ‘one more means for powerful nuclear attack’.

The United Nations Security Council has denounced the test and expressed serious concern that such activities contributed to Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems.

“The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the council’s previously expressed determination,” the council said in a statement.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry said the launch on Saturday appeared to have failed as the missile, fired from a submarine in the Sea of Japan, flew just 30 kilometres.

But the North’s state-run KCNA news agency insisted that the test, which it said was personally monitored by Mr Kim, was ‘another great success’.

“It fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements for carrying out … underwater attack operation,” KCNA said.

It cited Mr Kim as saying that Pyongyang “is now capable of hitting the heads of the South Korean puppet forces and the US imperialists anytime as it pleases”.

The US Strategic Command said it had detected and tracked a North Korean submarine missile launch but it did not pose a threat to North America.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said launches using ballistic missile technology were “a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions”.

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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