Defense ministry withholds comment on N Korea’s discounting of S. Korean-made SLBM as ‘clumsy product’

24-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Koreaherald | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The defense ministry on Thursday declined comment on North Korea’s branding of South Korea’s new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) as a “clumsy product,” only saying that the country has been steadily strengthening defense capabilities.

On Monday, Jang Chang-ha, the chief of the North’s Academy of National Defense, said in a statement South Korea’s newly unveiled SLBM looked like a “poor weapon without all its shape,” questioning its underwater capabilities.

Asked for comment on the statement, the South’s defense ministry spokesman Boo Seung-chan said he had nothing to offer but added South Korea has been “steadily enhancing our defense capabilities against current and future military threats under a comprehensive and mid to long-term plan.”

Last week, South Korea announced the successful test-launch of its first homegrown SLBM from the 3,000-tonne-class Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine.

The new asset is expected to be mass produced for operational deployment around next year, with more rounds of tests to be conducted to ensure its reliability, according to sources.

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