Recent satellite photos suggest that North Korea is preparing for fresh submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tests, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported citing a North Korean expert.
The reports came amid heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea over the communist state’s successful launch of an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Referring to photographs posted on August 11 on 38 North, a U.S. website specializing in North Korea analysis, Joseph Bermudez, a North Korea specialist, claimed that they could indicate preparations for a new test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
“Recent commercial satellite imagery reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces,” he said.
North Korea carried out its first successful test-launch of an ICBM on July 4, followed by another successful launch of an ICBM on July 28. The tests have raised concerns that the North has the ability to put the entire U.S. within its range of attack.
On Aug. 5, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously for fresh sanctions on North Korea, after it launched two ICBM tests last month, which has prodded Pyongyang to threaten a missile strike around the U.S. territory of Guam.
Source: Yonhap News Agency