North Korea could be preparing to carry out a submarine missile test in defiance of President Trump’s attempts to bring the rogue nation to heel.
Satellite images taken on Monday shows activity at a test site which mirrors preparations ahead of the country’s last test of their Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile in August last year.
The images were released after President Trump said American weapons are ‘locked and loaded’ in case Kim Jong-un makes any more ‘overt threats’ toward the US.
oseph Bermudez, a specialist on North Korean defense and military, shared photographs on ‘authoritative 38 North blog’ of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and claimed that the images show preparations by North Korean for a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test.
“Recent commercial satellite imagery reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces,” he was quoted by AFP news.
Talking about North Korea’s experimental ballistic missile submarine, the SINPO-class submarine, Joseph said, “The North may be preparing for a new series of ‘at sea’ test launches, has undertaken modifications or upgrades to the submarine’s launch systems, or is developing a more advanced version of the Pukguksong-1.”
North Korea’s Pukguksong-1 is an SLBM that was first successfully test-launched on August 24, 2016.
The missile, during its first test launch, covered a distance of 500 kilometers (300 miles) before plummeting in the water near Japan.