North Korea announces underwater nuclear drone test
Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, during a meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea. (archive image)
Pyongyang claims the new weapon could trigger a “radioactive tsunami” and destroy ships and ports. The military tensions on the Korean peninsula have recently increased drastically.
North Korea says it has tested an underwater nuclear drone. The new weapon could trigger a “radioactive tsunami” and destroy ships and ports, the state news agency KCNA reported on Friday. The army tested the weapon system during a maneuver. “This underwater nuclear attack drone can be deployed to any coast or port, or towed to the operation by a surface vessel.”
The “secret weapon” was reportedly launched off the east coast of North Korea, and a test warhead was detonated on Thursday. At that time, she had been at a depth of 80 to 150 meters for more than 59 hours, KCNA reported. The Central Military Commission ordered the maneuver “to warn the enemy of an actual nuclear crisis and to check the reliability of the nuclear force for self-defense.”
The military tensions on the Korean peninsula have recently increased drastically. The communist leadership in Pyongyang has repeatedly threatened a military escalation in the region. In the face of North Korea’s ongoing provocations, South Korea and the United States have increased their defense cooperation. Most recently, they had started their largest joint military exercises in five years.