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North Korea builds new 3,000-ton submarine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Intelligence authorities believe North Korea is reviewing the right timing to roll out the submarine for a strategic effect, including maximizing pressure against the United States
11:55, 12 April 2021

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (2nd from R) inspecting a newly built submarine
Yonhap

North Korea has already finished building the 3,000-ton submarine unveiled in July 2019. Yonhap reported this citing information from South Korean and US intelligence authorities.

Both South Korea and U.S. intelligence authorities assess that North Korea is reviewing the right timing to roll out the submarine for a strategic effect, including maximizing pressure against the United States.

Related: Kim Jong-un pledges to expand North Korea's nuclear arsenal

U.S. think tank said DPR Korea has moved a submersible missile test barge at its missile test site to a different position, possibly indicating an upcoming test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The source added that the North could reveal the submarine at a launching ceremony and actually roll out an SLBM, such as the Pukguksong-3.

Related: Crisis within the crisis: North Korea shut the door on economic reforms

On October 10, 2020, during the night military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea demonstrated a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). 

As it was reported, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan, fueling tension ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and ramping up pressure on the Biden administration as it finalizes its North Korea policy.

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