North Korea's Ballistic Missile Submarine: The Next Big Threat from Kim?

Dave Majumdar

Dave Majumdar

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North Korea's Ballistic Missile Submarine: The Next Big Threat from Kim?

At the end of the day, neither the Sinpo-B or Sinpo-C are particularly impressive vessels. However, it is nonetheless impressive that an impoverished and technologically backward state with primitive industrial capabilities developed and built its own ballistic missile submarine. It should be a reminder that North Korea might not be quite the pushover that some might imagine it to be.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appears to be continuing on its path to developing a new diesel-electric ballistic missile submarine (SSB) despite the recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

(This first appeared last year and is being reposted due to breaking events.)

South Korean lawmaker Kim Hack-yong made the claim citing intelligence reports provided last week by South Korean defense officials, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the paper, satellite imagery reviewed by South Korean intelligence officials show that North Korea is moving men and material to the port of Sinpo where the submarine is believed to be under construction.

Despite the new development, some South Korean experts believe it is too early to give up on the Trump-Kim deal.

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