- North Korea claimed on Friday it had tested an underwater nuclear attack drone able to unleash a “radioactive tsunami”, as it blamed recent U.S.-South Korea exercises for a deteriorating regional security situation.
- Pyongyang carried out military drills of its own in response this week, the Korean Central News Agency said, including test-firing a new nuclear-capable underwater drone.
- The mission is to “stealthily infiltrate into operational waters and make a super-scale radioactive tsunami to destroy naval striker groups and major operational ports of the enemy,” it said.
- The new weapon, called Haeil which means tsunami in Korean, “can be deployed at any coast and port or towed by a surface ship for operation,” the report said.
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the tests, and images released by Pyongyang’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed a smiling Kim and what appeared to be an underwater explosion.
- The agency also said Pyongyang had fired strategic cruise missiles “tipped with a test warhead simulating a nuclear warhead” on Wednesday.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB