North Korea may soon launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in its first such test in about a year, a top South Korean military official said Wednesday.
Won In-choul, the nominee for chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Hermit Kingdom has been repairing recent typhoon damage at its northeastern Sinpo shipyard, where it builds submarines.
When the repairs are complete, there is a chance Pyongyang will carry out a sub-launched missile, Won said, adding that the South Korean military is keeping a close watch, according to a copy of his remarks lawmaker Kang Dae-sik provided to The Associated Press.
The rogue regime has been pushing strongly to acquire the ability to launch missiles from submarines in what experts say is a worrisome development because such weapons are difficult to detect before launch.
The North last conducted an underwater-launched missile test in October 2019, the first of its kind in three years, and the most