North Korea launches tactical nuclear attack submarine for the first time. South Korea considers it just a hoax. Photo/KCNA
SEOUL – North Korea announced that Pyongyang had launched a tactical nuclear attack submarine for the first time on Wednesday. However, South Korea (South Korea) considers the announcement as sheer nonsense.
North Korean state media, KCNA, reported on Friday that the submarine for tactical nuclear attacks was launched at a military ceremony in the port city of Sinpo. This ship is claimed to be capable of carrying 10 missiles with nuclear warheads.
The South Korean military on Saturday (9/9/2023) emphasized that North Korea’s new submarine – a modification of an existing one that is claimed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and travel further than other North Korean underwater attacks – is simply a “fraud or something excessive”.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said North Korea needed to make fundamental changes to its original ships to accommodate the new missile launch system. “In addition, the appearance of the new submarine shows that it cannot be operated normally,” JCS said in a statement.
“There were signs of fraud or exaggeration,” JCS continued, without providing further details.
The commissioning ceremony for North Korea’s new submarine was held on Wednesday in Sinpo, where North Korea runs a large shipyard that develops submarines. The event was attended by dictator Kim Jong-un.
In his speech at the ship launch ceremony and on-board inspection on Thursday, Kim Jong-un expressed satisfaction that his country had acquired its own nuclear attack submarine.
Kim Jong-un also emphasized that the submarine, named “Hero Kim Kun Ok”, will be frightening to his enemies as the country intends to launch additional nuclear-powered submarines in the future.
“Nuclear attack submarines, which for decades were a symbol of aggression against our republic, have now become a symbol of our revolutionary power to strike fear in the hearts of our vicious enemies,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong-un as saying.