the armies of South Korea, Japan and the US began this Monday near the Korean peninsula naval maneuvers including anti-submarine operations and search and rescue involving a american aircraft carrier and that seek to deal with the “growing underwater threats” posed by Pyongyang.
The exercise will be carried out during Monday and tomorrow Tuesday in waters south of Jeju Islandlocated off the southwestern coast of South Korea.
In the maneuvers they participate, in addition to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitztwo other American destroyers (USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Decatur), three South Koreans (ROKS Yulgok YiYi, ROKS Choe Yeong and ROKS Daejoyeong) and one Japanese (JS Umigiri).
The exercises “have been organized to enhance the response capabilities of the Republic of Korea (official name of the South), the US and Japan against the increasingly advanced submarine threats from North Korea, including ballistic missiles Submarine Launched (SLBM),” according to a statement from the South Korean Ministry of National Defense.
However, these maneuvers also come shortly after Pyongyang announced two tests of a nuclear submarine drone which can supposedly generate radioactive tsunamis to hit fleets and ports.
The guided drone or torpedo, called the Haeil-1, is theoretically equipped with a tactical nuclear warhead called the Hwasan-31 that the regime unveiled last week, a message stressing that it is focused on boosting its short-range atomic arsenal for possible use. in and around the Korean peninsula.
Just yesterday, North Korea condemned through an editorial published by the news agency KCNA the great spring maneuvers that the allies have been carrying out in the south of the peninsula and accused Seoul and Washington of lying when describing these exercises as “routine” and “of a defensive nature.”
Seoul, Tokyo and Washington already held such naval exercises in September last year.
increased nuclear activity
An American study center warned that satellite images indicate a high level of activity at North Korea’s main nuclear complex after the dictator kim jong un, ordered to increase production.
He group 38 northbased in Washington, revealed on Saturday that images taken on March 3 and 17 suggest that the experimental light water reactor at the facilities of Yongbyon it was “close to completion” and moving to “become operational”.
The photographs also showed that Yongbyon’s five-megawatt reactor continues to operate and that a new construction has started near the uranium enrichment plantprobably to expand its capacity.
“These developments appear to reflect Kim Jong-un’s recent directive to increase the production of fissile material to expand his arsenal of nuclear weapons,” the report said.
(With information from EFE)
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