(WatchDogReport.org) – The communist regime of North Korea said on January 19 that it carried out tests of its underwater nuclear weapons system. In a statement published by state media, the North Korean Defense Ministry said that the tests took place on the country’s east coast in response to recent drills by Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
In a separate statement, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it hadn’t found any evidence of any of the tests being conducted. It noted that tyrant Kim Jong Un has exaggerated the descriptions of the underwater drones’ capabilities. Seoul also said that Pyongyang is trying to threaten peace on the Korean Peninsula and all over the world with “irresponsible provocations.” The South Korean government also claimed that it would respond if the so-called Hermit Kingdom kept provoking it.
While the North Korean regime has claimed numerous tests of the “Haeil-5-23” system over the last few weeks, it announced on January 14 that it deployed a solid-fueled intermediate-range ballistic missile. Following the deployment, South Korea, Japan, and the United States condemned the actions as a “serious” violation of numerous resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
In a televised speech, Kim claimed that the military exercises between Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington could destabilize the “regional situation.” He added that the goal of reunification was over, designating South Korea as the main “enemy.”
About the tests in North Korea, Japanese foreign minister Yoko Kamikawa said during a press conference in Tokyo that he wouldn’t make any comment about “those activities.” However, he told reporters that the world needed to increase its efforts in preventing Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons.
North Korea’s new drone system was tested for the first time in March 2023. State media said back then that its primary goal was to execute sneak attacks in enemy waters and “obliterate” major operational ports and naval strike groups by creating a “radioactive wave” through an underwater blast.
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