Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

North Korea On 'Aggressive Schedule' To Build Ballistic Missile Submarine

North Korea On 'Aggressive Schedule' To Build Ballistic Missile Submarine

It said the submarine was likely a larger successor to North Korea's single experimental ballistic missile submarine.

US President Donald Trump used his five-country tour of Asia to address the North Korea crisis, urging the region's leaders to do all in their power to pressure Kim Jong-un to halt his nuclear ambitions. "These activities suggest a prolonged and ongoing shipbuilding program, which is supported by the fact that the Sinpo South Shipyard has historically been the primary manufacturer of large submarines for the Korean People's Navy (KPN)", 38North experts said in a report. Last summer, North Korea conducted submarine-launched ballistic missile ejection tests near the Sinpo shipyard, The Diplomat reports.

The images could be an indication that Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, according to the respected Washington-based 38 North institute, which monitors the secretive state.

There were signs the country was continuing to develop submarine launch ballistic missiles, a new ballistic missile submarine, or a combination, 38 North said.

It said throughout 2017 there had been continued movement of parts and components in and out of two parts yards next to the constructions halls in the centre of the shipyard, as well as movement of the gantry and tower cranes that service the yards. Ejection tests are expected in the near future for submarine-launched ballistic missiles Pukguksong-1, a possible Pukguksong-3, and other missiles, Newsweek reported.

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Admiral Harry Harris, head of the USA military's Pacific Command, told Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on Thursday that diplomacy backed by military power was necessary to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear development.

Speculations of the ballistic submarine construction have been under scrutiny by US intelligence in recent weeks, according to a report by The Diplomat.

"Clearly, while diplomacy must be the main effort with North Korea, it has to be diplomacy backed by credible military power", Admiral Harry Harris said in Japan at the beginning of a meeting with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

The past two months have seen a relative lull and it has not tested a missile since firing one over Japan on September 15. US intelligence officials have declined to comment on this.

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