North Korea has examined a brand new underwater assault drone that may generate a radioactive tsunami, the nation’s state media has claimed.
The nuclear-capable drone was launched this week off the coast of Riwon County in South Hamgyong Province.
It reached its goal off Hongwon Bay, the place it detonated its take a look at warhead, in line with the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), having cruised underwater for greater than 59 hours at a depth of 80 to 150m.
The drone is named Unmanned Underwater Nuclear Attack Craft ‘Haeil’. Haeil means tsunami.
It is made to sneak up on enemy naval fleets and ports earlier than producing an underwater explosion that creates a radioactive wave.
The take a look at “verified [the drone’s] reliability” and “confirmed its lethal strike capability”, KCNA stated.
Four “strategic cruise missiles” have been additionally examined, flying for greater than two hours over the ocean.
“The respected comrade Kim Jong Un was greatly satisfied with the results,” KCNA stated.
It comes because the US and South Korea accomplished an 11-day train that included main discipline coaching, and because the US reportedly ready to ship an plane provider to the realm for extra navy drills.
North Korea described the workouts as “intentional, persistent and provocative” and stated that they had pushed it to “an irreversibly dangerous point”.
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It described the US as “imperialists” and South Korea as a “puppet regime of traitors”, saying that the 2 nations had “kicked off a large-scale dangerous drill, an actual drill for occupying the DPRK”.
South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-Sup stated on Thursday that the North was unlikely to have mastered the expertise to arm its most superior weapons, though it had made “significant progress”.
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, stated: “Pyongyang’s latest claim to have a nuclear-capable underwater drone should be met with scepticism.
“But it’s clearly supposed to point out that the Kim regime has so many various technique of nuclear assault that any pre-emptive or decapitation strike in opposition to it could fail disastrously.”
North Korea has fired greater than 20 ballistic and cruise missiles this yr, following a file of greater than 70 fired final yr.
Mr Kim needs to barter reduction from Western sanctions however refuses to comply with US calls for for the curtailment of his nuclear programme first, saying that is essential for the North to defend itself.