North Korea test-fires underwater strategic weapon system
SEOUL: North Korea has conducted another test of a nuclear-capable underwater attack drone, state media announced Saturday (April 7).
More than a week after unveiling a new underwater drone system called the Haeil-1, South Korea has been testing another type of nuclear-capable, unmanned underwater attack weapon, the Haeil-2. .
Analysts say North Korea is showing off various nuclear-carrying capabilities to Washington and South Korea, but they are skeptical about whether the underwater vehicle is ready for deployment.
KCNA reported that during the underwater strategic weapon system test conducted from April 4 to April 7, the drone cruised an underwater distance of 1,000 km for 71 hours and 6 minutes and successfully hit a simulated target.
“This test perfectly demonstrated the reliability and critical attack capability of the underwater strategic weapon system,” KCNA said.
North Korea has intensified its military activities in recent weeks in protest against joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.
It unveiled a new, smaller nuclear warhead and launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the entire United States.