N Korea’s New Ballistic Missile Submarine Proves One Thing

10-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Nationalinterest | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The sub is not state of the art. However, it serves as a reminder that North Korea might not be the pushover that some might imagine it to be.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appears to be continuing on its path to developing a new diesel-electric ballistic missile submarine (SSB) despite the recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

South Korean lawmaker Kim Hack-yong made the claim citing intelligence reports provided last week by South Korean defense officials, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the paper, satellite imagery reviewed by South Korean intelligence officials show that North Korea is moving men and material to the port of Sinpo where the submarine is believed to be under construction.

Despite the new development, some South Korean experts believe it is too early to give up on the Trump-Kim deal.

“It’s too early to say if the North Koreans have defaulted on the Singapore agreement to denuclearise,” Yang Uk, chief defense analyst at Korea Defense and Security Forum, told the Wall Street Journal.

“But earlier satellite images have already shown enough evidence proving North Korea has not abandoned its SLBM programme.”

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/north-koreas-new-ballistic-missile-submarine-proves-one-thing-25277

 


Category: Korea

Print This Post