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N. Korea Unveils New SLBM Launch Platform at Reservoir

Written: 2022-10-10 14:02:11Updated: 2022-10-10 14:30:12

N. Korea Unveils New SLBM Launch Platform at Reservoir

Photo : YONHAP News

North Korean state media have disclosed dozens of photos of missile drills held at multiple military units during the two past weeks with leader Kim Jong-un present at the sites.

The photos unveiled Monday show Kim observing test-launches of a mini submarine-launched ballistic missile, the KN-23 ballistic missile modeled after Russia's Iskander, and the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile as well as a super-large multiple rocket launcher.

North Korea also claimed ballistic missile drills held on September 25 simulated the loading of tactical nuclear warheads at an underwater launch site in a reservoir in the country's northwest. One photo shows a mini SLBM soaring from an area that appears to be a reservoir.

Experts say no other country has ever launched an SLBM from a reservoir and speculate that Pyongyang may have developed a new launch platform to counter South Korea's "Kill Chain" anti-missile system.

The South Korean military believes a short-range ballistic missile was fired from a transporter erector launcher in Taechon, North Pyongan Province.

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