Is North Korea Building Subs with Nuclear Launch Capabilities?
A new report shows that North Korea is preparing for a big construction operation at their SINPO-class submarine construction facilities. Images show what appear to be vertical launch tubes, the type that are only practical for launching two types of missiles: cruise missiles or ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear payloads.
The only threatening news that has come from North Korea lately has surrounded the Sony hack. Still, one should always keep an eye on the country that has a loud bark, particularly if they achieve the ability to deliver a very large bite.
According to 38north:
Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that the conning tower of a new North Korean submarine first seen in July 2014 houses 1-2 possible vertical launch tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles. The boat could serve as an experimental test bed for land-attack missile technology, which if successful, may be integrated into a new class of submarines. In addition, imagery over the past six months indicates that North Korea has been upgrading facilities at the Sinpo South Shipyard in preparation for a significant naval construction program, possibly related to submarine development.
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