This firing could be a significant technological advancement at a moment when the two Koreas appear to be in an arms race and the Washington-Pyongyang dialogue seems to be at a halt.
North Korea claimed Wednesday, October 20 that it had launched a ballistic rocket from a submarine. This information, if confirmed, would give this country with nuclear weapons a second strike ability.
This test could be a significant technological advancement at a moment when the Koreas are technically still at war and the Washington-Pyongyang dialog is at a halt.
On Wednesday evening, the Security Council will hold an emergency closed door meeting.
On Wednesday, the official North Korean agency KCNA reported that North Korea had successfully tested a nuclear weapon. “New type”A submarine launches a ballistic missile.
The weapon comes with “Many advanced control, guidance and management technologies”According to KCNA, it was. The Rodong Sinmun daily published images showing the missile bursting from calm waters and a submarine emerging.
KCNA confirmed that the missile was fired from the exact same submarine as the «8.24 Yongung»It is a different one than the one that North Korea used in its first strategic-sea-to-surface missile (SLBM), test in 2016. This suggests that North Korea’s launch capabilities have not changed much since then.
The analysis by American research institute Nuclear Threat Initiative was published in 2018. «8.24 Yongung»This experimental submarine is called the “Sea Submarine”. “Capable of launching one ballistic missile”It must return to its original state after a few more days. This limits its operational capacity.
An active submarine launch would still mark a new stage in North Korean military technology, which could allow for deployment beyond the Korean peninsula as well as a second strike capability should it be attacked. military.
The White House stressed that the launch of the new satellite was a threat, which only reinforced the need « urgent »Dialog with Pyongyang and its commitment “Unshakeable”To help defend South Korea or Japan
The UN has placed sanctions on North Korea for continuing to develop nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles, in violation of its resolutions.