A drone nuclear submarine capable of unleashing a “radioactive tsunami”. There North Korea tested its new secret weapon on Tuesday, placed in waters off South Hamgyong province, according to state news agency KCNA. It sailed for more than 59 hours at depths of between 80 and 150 meters and was blown up on the east coast. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen as the United States and South Korea concluded the largest joint field exercises in five years on Wednesday. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said Friday that he would “make sure that North Korea pay the price for their reckless provocations.
Haeil, North Korea’s nuclear submarine drone
nicknamed “Haeil”a Korean term for a tsunami, the weapon is designed to attack enemy ships and ports. triggering a “large-scale” radioactive wave.state media explain. “This nuclear submarine attack drone can be deployed to any coast and port or towed by a surface ship for operation.” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test and said it should serve as a warning to the United States and South Korea to “realize that North Korea’s unlimited nuclear deterrent capability is being strengthening very quickly.” North Korea’s latest weapon appears to emulate Russia’s Poseidon torpedoes, which are said to be capable of generating radioactive ocean waves and nuclear tsunamis that could destroy US coastal cities.
But Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Seoul’s Ewha University, told the BBC that Pyongyang’s demonstration “must be met with scepticism.” “It is clearly an operation aimed at demonstrating that the Kim regime has so many different means of nuclear attack that any pre-emptive strike against him would fail disastrously,” he said. Ankit Panda, a nuclear weapons specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explained: “I tend to take North Korea seriously, but I can’t rule out the possibility that this is an attempt at deception/psyop. ed).”
On Thursday, Pyongyang tested an ICBM just hours before the leaders of South Korea and Japan were due to meet. In 2022, North Korea fired more than 90 missiles – the most ever in one year – despite being under a series of sanctions by the United Nations, the United States, the EU and neighboring countries.
Source : IL Messaggero