The US Military Has Detected 'Highly Unusual' North Korean Submarine Activity

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 1, 2017

U.S. forces have reportedly detected "highly unusual and unprecedented levels" of activity in a North Korean submarine signalling that preparations for a major test could be under way.

Cold ejection involves the use of pressurized gas to expel a missile from the launch tube before ignition to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the vessel. However, Trump has been extremely critical of China and said that it should do more to rein in Pyongyang.

The ministry also called it "groundless" to criticize Russian Federation, along with China, for acquiescing the North's nuclear and missile ambitions, apparently pointing to an argument in the US that the two countries should be held responsible for the current nuclear stalemate.

North Korea's submarine fleet is believed to encompass about 70 subs, though the majority are quite old and likely can not fire missiles.

Earlier in July CNN reported that one of the older class of North Korean subs, a Romeo, had sailed some 62 miles out to sea in global waters.

North Korea's only Sinpo-class (also called Gorae) submarine is seen in 2016 satellite imagery.

Pyongyang has long maintained the ability to legitimately threaten the United States with a nuclear attack is the only way to protect itself against any US-led attempts at regime change. Sinpo functions as a center of North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile program.

Last summer, North Korea conducted what experts believed was its first successful submarine missile test, firing a missile called the the KN-11 or Pukguksong-1.

On Tuesday, US and South Korean experts said Japanese video footage of last week's ICBM test indicates the warhead did not survive re-entry.

Speaking to Reuters, two American officials said the latest assessment is that the North is capable of hitting major U.S. cities - something which so far has not been shared officially by Washington.

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