The South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeolaffirmed this Friday that the dictator Kim Jong-un, “will pay for his reckless provocations””, hours after Pyongyang fired a new type of underwater drone capable of generating radioactive tsunamis.
“North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons day by day, and carrying out missile provocations with unprecedented intensity.Yoon said at a memorial service for the 55 fallen Yellow Sea sailors held in the daejeon National Cemetery, 139 kilometers south of Seoul.
“Our Government and our Army will dramatically reinforce the South Korean three-axis system, in the face of the advances and provocations of missiles from the Northand will strengthen security cooperation with the United States and Japan,” Yoon said, referring to the military strategy that includes anti-missile defenses, a platform of preemptive strikes and plans to disarm the North Korean regime.
North Korean propaganda media reported Friday that dictator Kim Jong-un this week tested a underwater drone capable of generating radioactive tsunamis similar to the Russian system known as Poseidon.
The device was deployed off the North Korean coast and “reached the target point in the waters of the hongwon bay set up as a simulated enemy port with its test warhead, detonating underwater Thursday afternoon,” according to the agency. KCNA.
The device was tested coinciding with the large maneuvers that are carried out these days seoul and washington in the south of the peninsula, described by Pyongyang as “persistent and provocative war exercises”.
“The mission of this weapon is to stealthily penetrate operational waters and cause a large-scale radioactive tsunami through an underwater detonation that destroys naval attack groups and the main operational ports of the enemy,” explained the text of KCNA.
This Friday, regime agencies described these latest maneuvers, dubbed the Shield of Freedom, as training to “occupy” North Korea.
The deployment of this underwater drone served to “alert the enemy of a true nuclear crisis.”
Furthermore, Kim Jong-un stated that the exercise demonstrated that the “unlimited nuclear deterrence” from Pyongyang “is growing at a faster rate”.
North Korea declared last year that its status as a nuclear power was “irreversible” and its leader called for an “exponential” increase in weapons production.
For its part, the United States has reiterated its commitment to defend South Korea with “the full range of its military capabilities, including nuclear.”
The new launches come about a week after North Korea confirmed it had launched a Hwasong-17 missile into the Sea of Japan.
The idea of Pyongyang having “a nuclear-capable underwater drone should be met with skepticism,” he said. Leif-Eric Easley, teacher at the Ewha University from seoul.
“Pyongyang’s claims to new weapons systems don’t always equate to a credible demonstration of its capability.”, he added.
In a message on Twitter, the analyst Ankit Panda did not rule out that the announcement is “a attempted deception or psychological operation”.
Still, the claim is “shocking,” he told the AFP Cheong Seong-chang, from the Sejong Institute in Seoul.
If true, it is hard to see how Seoul “could respond to a new North Korean weapon so formidable that it can completely destroy the South’s major operational ports.”
The information of KCNA He says that “Pyongyang is more than willing to use its tactical nuclear weapons at any time,” said An Chan-il, a North Korean defector turned researcher.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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