North Korea is a country known for their instability and the fear that they could, at a moments notice, launch an attack. President Donald Trump metaphorically stood in the fire during his recent Asia tour — where he spoke of ways to keep North Korea at bay.
The latest news about North Korea’s new weaponry is leaving even the most hardened military experts wondering how they can prepare. According to 38 North, a project of the US-Korea Institute of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, North Korea “is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine.”
Their assessment comes from photos taken on November 5th that show odd activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard. Strategists are looking at the information presented in front of them, and it seems clear that they want to build ballistic missile submarines.
The strategists noted that under Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s nuclear weapon program had grown exponentially. They have been testing submarine-launched missiles since last year, and now the country is trying to bring the weapons online.
38 North‘s report claims that, “The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine – the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine.”
All through 2017, intelligence agencies noted the movement of parts circulating in and out of lots positioned right next to North Korean shipyards. The suggestion is that these parts are being used to build components to bring North Korea’s ballistic submarine goals to life.
Satellite images paint the picture, as shots from early November show two large circular objects that are made of metal. The assumption is that these items are part of a submarine pressure hull.
The report pointed out that these hulls appeared to be larger than the standard North Korean ROMEO-class attack submarine.
Images also show test stands, which many believe show that North Korea is testing a mechanism so they can test and perfect their missile launches from a submarine.
This news comes in the wake of October’s discovery of small mini nuclear warheads that can fit inside of missiles. Many fear that this shows that North Korea is working towards arming itself as a full-on nuclear power.
Do these weapons frighten you?
President Trump is not taking any nonsense from North Korea — he has made that much clear. The President told foreign nations that they need to be careful if they think that they are going to be trading with both the US and North Korea. President Trump stated, “Do business with North Korea, and you won’t be doing business with the US.”
The rising tension over North Korea is building up due to their summer-long missile tests. They have launched dozens of missiles, including their biggest nuclear test on September 3rd of this year. The country has not launched a missile since September 15, which is concerning, considering their threats have not eased up. Many fear that these new submarines could be North Korea’s next big step in an attack against the US or surrounding areas.