Reports are coming in that the North Korean regime of Kim Jung Un is secretly building a nuclear submarine, able to fire intercontinental nuclear weapons all across the globe whenever it surfaces.
Just last week, the North Koreans fired a cruise missile over the Japanese territory which travelled 2,300 miles, putting the island of Guam well within its reach. If one were to combine the strength of that cruise missile with a moving launch pad which a nuclear submarine is, Kim Jun Un would be taking the game to a whole new level.
If true, this would seriously heighten the North Korean capability to strike targets around the world. According to the Washington Post, the submarine will be ready within the next three years.
The report was obtained by Japan’s Sekai Nippo press agency, and cited an “informed” but unidentified “source familiar with the North Korean situation.”
Though the size of the nuclear-powered submarine under construction is unclear, the insider claims that the regime in Pyongyang wants to finish deployment of the said vessel within three years.
The Washington Post reached out to U.S. intelligence sources for comment but received no reply. Currently the North Korean navy is estimated to have a fleet of 50 to 60 diesel-electric submarines. These are easier to detect than the nuclear power ones.
Their state news agency issued a press release on Monday, probably in preparation of President Trump’s speech to the UN where they will surely be mentioned. It said: “The increased moves of the US and its vassal forces to impose sanctions and pressure on the DPRK will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force.”
The continued weapons tests are putting a strain on the historical alliance between China and North Korea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: "China is not the focus. China is not the driving force behind the escalating situation. And China is not the key to resolving the issue."