North Korea says it has launched a new nuclear attack submarine to counter US naval power


September 8, 2023

Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service, Associated Press

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during his visit to the navy headquarter in North Korea, on Aug. 27, 2023.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Friday it has launched a purported nuclear attack submarine it has been developing for years, a step leader Kim Jong Un described as crucial in his efforts to build a nuclear-armed navy to counter the United States and its Asian allies.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the vessel – named ''Hero Kim Kun Ok'' – is designed to launch tactical nuclear weapons from underwater but did not specify the number of missiles it could carry and fire.

In his speeches at the vessel's launching ceremony on Wednesday and an onboard inspection on Thursday, Kim expressed satisfaction that the country has acquired its own nuclear attack submarine to counter the advanced naval assets of the U.S., KCNA said. In July, the U.S. docked a nuclear-capable ballistic missile submarine in South Korea for the first time since the 1980s.


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