Pyongyang is preparing to test missiles, sea-floor with a submarine

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    Friday, 11 August, 2017 21:55

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    WASHINGTON | recent photos taken by satellite seem to indicate that North Korea is preparing to test a ballistic missile from a submarine, a resurgence of tensions with the United States, according to a specialist of the army north Korean.

    Joseph Bermudez, an expert from the Defence of north korea and information, has posted photographs on the monitoring site “38 North” –the Institute of United States Korea of Johns Hopkins university– which, according to him, it could show the preparations for a test missile sea-to-ground ballistic missile (SLBM).

    “Images recently taken by a commercial satellite show a number of developments suggesting that North Korea might be accelerating the development of the maritime part of its nuclear forces”,-he said.

    The activity on a ballistic missile experimental for a submarine-type SINPO shipyard building naval and submarine base of Mayang-do suggest “that the North could prepare a new series “sea” of test-firing, that he has undertaken changes and improvements to the systems and launch of the submarine, or that it is developing a more advanced version of the Pukguksong-1″.

    The Pukguksong-1 is a SLBM, whose first successful test dates back to 24 August 2016.

    He had flown about 500 km in the direction of Japan, which had led the north Korean leader Kim Jong-un to assert that the us mainland was now within range of a submarine crossing the Pacific.

    Mr. Bermúdez stated that the preparations around the submarine were consistent with those seen in previous trials.

    The us president, Donald Trump has maintained a high level of tension Friday on the record of north korea, asserting that the military option was “ready” against Pyongyang, which has threatened to launch an attack near the american island of Guam, a military outpost of strategic of the United States in the Pacific.

    The renewed tensions followed the progress of Pyongyang in its nuclear and missile programs.

    The successful shot of a missile with intercontinental means that, theoretically, North Korea could reach the east coast of the United States, and it is also able to miniaturize enough for a nuclear bomb to be able to install in such a machine.

    A system SLBM operational would increase even more the threat posed by North Korea, allowing him to act beyond the Korean peninsula and to have a capacity of “hits-secondary” if an attack was conducted on its military bases.

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