North Korea says it has examined an underwater nuclear assault drone in response to a “reckless” and “hostile” mixed naval train by the US, South Korea and Japan.
The underwater drone, which North Korea claims can carry a nuclear weapon, was first examined by the nation in 2023.
The system, named Haeil-5-23, was additionally examined this week in waters off North Korea’s east coast, state media KCNA has reported, with out specifying a date.
It’s amongst a broad vary of weapon methods Pyongyang has demonstrated in recent times as North Korean chief Kim Jong Un expands his arsenal of nuclear-capable weapons.
The reported underwater weapons check this week has not been independently verified.
South Korea’s navy has insisted North Korea has exaggerated the capabilities of the drone, which is supposedly designed to hold out strikes on enemy vessels and ports.
North Korea continues accountable its rivals for elevating tensions within the area, with the defence ministry saying it carried out the check in response to the US, South Korean, and Japanese naval drills.
The drills had been carried out for 3 days and led to waters south of Jeju island on Wednesday.
A North Korean defence ministry spokesman accused the three international locations of “getting frantic” with navy workout routines, warning of “catastrophic penalties”.
The spokesman additionally stated in a press release: “Our military’s underwater nuke-based countering posture is being additional rounded off and its varied maritime and underwater responsive actions will proceed to discourage the hostile navy manoeuvres of the navies of the US and its allies.
“We strongly denounce the US and its followers for his or her reckless acts of critically threatening the safety of the DPRK (Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea) from the outset of the 12 months and sternly warn them of the catastrophic penalties to be entailed by them.”
South Korea’s defence ministry later issued a warning and referred to as for a halt of North Korea’s weapons assessments.
“Our navy is completely ready for North Korea’s provocations beneath a strong joint defence posture with the USA,” it stated in a press release, vowing “overwhelming” responses if North Korea phases a direct provocation.
Tensions within the area at highest level in years
The alleged drone check got here days after North Korean chief Kim Jong Un scrapped his nation’s long-standing aim of a peaceable unification with South Korea.
He additionally stated his nation will rewrite its structure to outline South Korea as its most hostile international adversary.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest level in years with North Korea accelerating weapons demonstrations and threatening nuclear battle.
The US and its Asian allies have been responding by strengthening their mixed navy workout routines.