North Korea introduced on Friday that it had carried out a check of its underwater nuclear weapon system, codenamed ‘Haeil-5-23,’ in response to the joint maritime workouts involving South Korea, the US, and Japan.
The check, carried out within the East Sea, marks the fourth reported occasion of North Korea’s improvement of the ‘Haeil’ unmanned underwater automobile (UUV), reportedly designed to be geared up with tactical nuclear warheads.
The Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) reported the check with out specifying the date or offering particulars on the weapon’s specs. The transfer is seen as a response to this week’s naval drills, notably denouncing the involvement of a U.S. nuclear plane service as “reckless confrontation hysteria.”
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An unnamed spokesman from North Korea’s Ministry of Nationwide Protection acknowledged, “Our military’s underwater nuke-based countering posture is being additional rounded off and its varied maritime and underwater responsive actions will proceed to discourage the hostile army maneuvers of the navies of the U.S. and its allies.”
The Haeil UUV, launched to the general public in March final yr, has undergone dozens of assessments since 2012, based on North Korea. It’s described as a maneuverable torpedo with the potential to destroy naval striker teams and main operational ports of the enemy, fitted with tactical nuclear warheads.
Whereas North Korea’s claims are met with skepticism by South Korea’s army, which deems them “exaggerated and manipulated,” and exterior specialists, the Haeil-5-23’s current check raises considerations amid the continuing geopolitical tensions. The paradox surrounding the UUV’s classification – whether or not a ‘nuclear assault drone,’ ‘uncrewed underwater automobile (UUV),’ or ‘long-range/long-endurance nuclear torpedo’ – does little to alleviate worldwide unease.
Within the newest reported check in April, the Haeil-2 allegedly traveled 621 miles (1000 km) over almost three days at sea.