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What will North Korea do after Kim Jong-un's re-appearance?


On May 25, political experts said that the most likely action North Korea would take as a way to boost its nuclear capabilities was to deploy a new submarine and test a ballistic-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

On May 24, North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that, after a week of absence from the public, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Lao Party. action and discuss "new policies to strengthen deterrence against nuclear war".

The announcement drew attention in regards to a North Korean warning issued late last year that it would launch a new "strategic weapon" and could take "shocking action" in the context. Nuclear negotiations with the United States stalled.

New intercontinental ballistic missiles have a longer range, submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) ​​or SLBM-capable submarines have been mentioned as the new strategic weapons Pyongyang has. can be implemented.

South Korean intelligence officials say they are closely monitoring North Korean activities related to the preparation for the launch of the new submarine, which was first announced in July 2019.

The submarine, thought to weigh 3,000 tons, is capable of carrying 3 SLBMs and is under construction at the naval base at Sinpo on the east coast. A South Korean military source said the new submarine seemed to be about to be deployed.

The source noted that North Korea could also conduct additional tests for its latest SLBM, called Pukguksong-3, after its first test launch in October 2019 off the eastern coast. Wonsan.

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