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Sat Sep 5, 2020, 06:13 PM

North Korea may be prepping submarine-launched ballistic missile test, U.S. weapons experts




North Korea may be prepping submarine-launched ballistic missile test, U.S. weapons experts warn

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-may-be-prepping-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-test-n1239420

U.S. weapons experts believe North Korea may be preparing to test a new strategic weapon system that would vastly expand Kim Jong Un’s arsenal and defy President Donald Trump’s threshold requirements for continued engagement with the U.S.

The experts, led by Dr. Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies “Beyond Parallel” website, have posted new and unusually clear satellite images taken Friday that show North Korea may be preparing its first submarine-launched ballistic missile test, potentially a major new development for the North.

The experts say the pictures show a submersible test stand barge at the Sinpo South Shipyard.

According to the “Beyond Parallel” assessment, the primary indicator suggesting preparations for a test launch is the presence of several vessels within the boat basin, one of which resembling ships used to tow the test barge out to sea. Another indicator is two Romeo-class submarines anchored within the base that experts say could be used as escorts for an SLBM test maneuver.

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