N. Korea fired SLBM early on August 24…JCS, “Technologic progress”

N. Korea fired SLBM early on August 24…JCS, “Technologic progress”

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A submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) being fired from waters southeast of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province on April 23. (KCNA/Newsis)
A submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) being fired from waters southeast of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province on April 23. (KCNA/Newsis)

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast waters near Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at around 5:30 a.m on August 24. The Blue House convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC)meeting.

The SLBM fell into the Japanese Air Defense Identification Zone after flying about 500 kilometers, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The JCS said, “It seems to have become more developed than the last few missile tests and Korea and the U.S. are in the process of precise analysis”. JCS presume that N. Korea displayed a show of its force in order to raise military tension in the Korean Peninsula because of the Korean-U.S. joint military exercise.

The reason why JCS stated that ‘the fact that the missile flew over 500 kilometers means a N.Korean technological progress’ is because the entire area of South Korea may be within missile range. The Blue House convened an emergency meeting of the NSC due to this fact. It’s also quite possible that N. Korea will be able to operationally deploy the SLBMs early next year. It was previously analyzed that N. Korea would be able to conduct a successful SLBM launch in 2 or 3 years at the earliest.

The JCS commented that,“It is a serious challenge to the security of the Korean Peninsula and a grave violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution”.

SLBM is a secret method that attacks the enemy from a nuclear-loaded submarine. Since submarines do not show up on radar, N.Korea can launch a nuclear attack on S.Korea without showing up on the radar screen. SLBM can neutralize KAMD and Kill Chain that S.Korea constructed to cope with nuclear and missile threats from N.Korea, which is also the reason this issue is so sensitive.

N. Korea has already fired the SLBM twice before– on April 23 and July 9- and this was the third time. The first one flew about 30 kilometers and the second one was ejected successfully from the submarine but failed in its early flight stage.

Reporter Jo Eun-hee [ceh@newshankuk.com]