Jan. 13 (UPI) — South Korea is growing a brand new submarine-launched ballistic missile and has examined the weapon on the Company for Protection Growth’s Anheung check web site, in accordance with an area press report.

Newsis reported Wednesday the SLBM was check launched from a floor platform and next-step underwater assessments are scheduled for March. South Korea’s navy additionally carried out different SLBM assessments in 2020 “a number of instances,” each on land and underwater, the report stated.

The report of Seoul’s home SLBM, described as a modified model of Korea’s short-range, solid-fueled Hyeonmoo-2B ballistic missile, comes solely days after a press release from North Korea on nuclear weapons.

In the course of the Eighth Get together Congress, chief Kim Jong Un stated he plans to construct a nuclear-powered submarine and develop a strategic weapon that may be launched from a submarine.

In October, North Korea unveiled a brand new mannequin of its SLBM, the “Pukguksong-4ㅅ,” after claiming in 2019 it had succeeded launching the Pukguksong-Three from an underwater location.

South Korean navy sources didn’t deny home SLBM growth on Wednesday, in accordance with Newsis. Sources advised the information service Seoul has “secured hi-tech energy” to “assist peace on the Korean Peninsula, by increase robust navy energy,” the report stated.

In March Seoul is anticipated to hold out an underwater SLBM check by deploying a 3,000-ton Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine. The South Korean submarine is supplied with six vertical launch tubes that may eject SLBMs.

Seoul may be monitoring the North for an out of doors navy parade. South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated in his current New 12 months’s speech he hoped for joint cooperation with the North on anti-epidemic measures towards COVID-19, however Pyongyang has not replied to the supply.

Kim Yo Jong, who was known as vice division director of the Central Committee of the Korean Employees’ Get together for the primary time on Wednesday, slammed the South for “precision monitoring.”

“Do they actually don’t have anything else to do?” Kim stated, in accordance with North Korea’s KCNA. Final yr Kim warned concerning the demolition of the inter-Korean liaison workplace in Kaesong earlier than it was detonated in June.