Seoul skeptical of Pyongyang’s nuclear underwater drone capabilities

Seoul, Mar 27 (EFE).- The South Korean army questioned Monday the capabilities of the submarine drone designed to generate a radioactive tsunami that North Korea in recent days has claimed to have developed.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that based on the analysis of South Korean and American and experts’ opinions, the military was weighing the possibility that the North’s claim was exaggerated and fabricated, according to state broadcaster KBS.

North Korean state media reported last week that the regime tested a new type of underwater drone or guided torpedo that is capable of generating nuclear tsunamis to destroy ports and enemy naval fleets, like the Russian Poseidon.

The JCS said there have been signs that North Korea is developing an unmanned submarine, but it seems to be still in the early stage, adding that South Korea will closely monitor the development.

Many experts have already publicly questioned the claim of the regime – which said the drone sailed underwater for two and a half days – given the high sophistication required by such a system.

For example, the Russian Poseidon requires nuclear propulsion – a capability that Pyongyang lacks – and a complex system of sound and speed reduction to enable successful deployment and infiltration.

The peninsula is experiencing high tension after 2022 in which Pyongyang, which has rejected offers to return to dialogue, carried out a record number of weapons tests and in which the allies once again carried out large-scale drills and deployed military assets to the region. EFE


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