The North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Friday that it tested a new nuclear underwater attack drone this week under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un, as a US amphibious assault ship arrived in South Korea for joint drills.
During the weapon test and firing drill that took place from Tuesday to Thursday, the North’s state news agency also confirmed that it fired cruise missiles.
According to the KCNA, the North Korean drone operated underwater for more than 59 hours before detonating on Thursday in the waters off its east coast. It made no more mention of the drone’s nuclear capability.
According to the KCNA, the drone technology is designed to launch covert attacks in hostile waters and destroy naval striker groups and crucial operational ports.
“This nuclear underwater attack drone can be deployed at any coast and port or towed by a surface ship for operation,” the news agency said.
North Korea acknowledged firing four cruise missiles on Wednesday to simulate carrying out nuclear attack missions in a separate firing practice.
The missiles flew 1,500 to 1,800 kilometers and were equipped with a “test warhead simulating a nuclear warhead,” it added.
According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched four cruise missiles on Wednesday off its east coast.
The North said the most recent weapon tests and exercises had no detrimental effects on the security of the nearby countries.
(REUTERS & NEWS AGENCIES)