N. Korea says it has launched new “tactical nuclear attack submarine”

Posted on : 2023-09-08 17:05 KST Modified on : 2023-09-08 17:05 KST
The submarine, dubbed the “Hero Kim Kun Ok,” is supposedly capable of launching underwater nuclear attacks
Released by North Korean state media, this photo shows the “Hero Kim Kun Ok,” the first “tactical nuclear attack submarine” developed by North Korea, that was deployed on Sept. 8. (KCNA/Yonhap)
Released by North Korean state media, this photo shows the “Hero Kim Kun Ok,” the first “tactical nuclear attack submarine” developed by North Korea, that was deployed on Sept. 8. (KCNA/Yonhap)

North Korea claimed Friday to have launched its first tactical nuclear attack submarine, dubbed the “Hero Kim Kun Ok,” capable of underwater nuclear attacks.

“The heroic munitions industrial workers, scientists and technicians, boundlessly loyal to the revolutionary cause of the WPK, built a Korean-style tactical nuclear attack submarine and presented it as a gift to the motherland celebrating its 75th founding anniversary,” the North’s WPK-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Friday.

The paper also claimed that, at the submarine’s launching ceremony on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended and said that “to arm the navy with nuclear weapons arises as an urgent task of the times and a crucial requirement for building the revolutionary armed forces, the fulfillment of which brooks no further delay.”

Kim also reportedly stressed “the need to enable the Navy to successfully carry out its strategic duty by hastening the transfer of underwater and surface vessels equipped with tactical nuclear weapons to the Navy.”

By Shin Hyeong-cheol, staff reporter

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