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SEOUL — North Korea claimed Friday to have launched a brand new “tactical nuclear assault submarine,” in a ceremony filled with pomp and self-congratulation on the Sinpho shipyard on the North’s east coast.
Chief Kim Jong Un, in a beige swimsuit and a borrowed naval cap, mentioned that the brand new submarine was able to “each preemptive and retaliatory strike,” the North’s official Korean Central Information Company reported Friday morning.
North Korea had a “plan to rework present medium-sized submarines into offensive ones loaded with tactical nuclear weapons to play an essential position within the fashionable warfare,” state media quoted Kim as saying. He described the strategy as a “low-cost ultra-modernization technique.”
The declare was inconceivable to instantly confirm, and North Korea has a monitor report of boasting about achievements it has not fairly attained. However with each its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons applications, it has stunned analysts by overcoming technical challenges to finally reveal credible and operational weapons techniques.
NK Information, a specialist web site primarily based in Seoul, mentioned that the submarine unveiled on Friday seemed to be the one Kim publicly inspected in July 2019 whereas it was present process building, which was a conversion from an present Romeo-class submarine.
The submarine was named the Hero Kim Kun Okay and would “carry out its fight mission as one of many core underwater offensive technique of the naval pressure,” North Korean state media mentioned.
It was launched to rejoice a day recognized in North Korea because the Day of the Basis of the Republic, marked on Sept 9.