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North Korea Building Ballistic Missile Submarine, Images Show

By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 08:58 AM

North Korea reportedly is set on building its first operational ballistic missile submarine.

For weeks there has been speculation that the country was constructing a ballistic submarine and now satellite imagery taken of the Sinpo South Shipyard, located on North Korea’s east coast, seem to confirm this, Newsweek reported.

According to the website 38 North, which is a program of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University dedicated to the analysis about North Korea, the images showed components being transported in and out of the shipyard.

This combined with the presence of what could be a section of a submarine’s pressure hull in the shipyard suggests an ongoing shipbuilding program that could be the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB).

If this is the case, the vessel will be the follow-up to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine.

Last month The Diplomat reported the detection of a new diesel-electric submarine being constructed at the Sinpo shipyard, based upon information from a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs.

The report estimated the vessel’s submerged displacement to exceed 2,000 tons and to feature a beam measurement of 11 meters, making it one of the largest submarines to be built for North Korea.

These developments have been under scrutiny by the U.S. military, which has been closely monitoring North Korea’ submarine activity over the past few months.

In August a defense official told CNN that the U.S. military had been detecting "highly unusual and unprecedented levels" of submarine activity on North Korea’s east coast.

The source added that evidence suggested the performance of an ejection test, which entails the examination of a missile’s "cold-launch system."

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