Satellite images suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test

Experts say numbers of submarines have remained constant suggesting the unusual patrols were a one-off rather than a change of tactics

Experts say numbers of submarines have remained constant suggesting the unusual patrols were a one-off rather than a change of tactics

Referring to photographs posted on August 11 on 38 North, a US website specializing in North Korea analysis, Joseph Bermudez, a North Korea specialist, claimed that they could indicate preparations for a new test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The successful shot of a missile with intercontinental means that, theoretically, North Korea could reach the east coast of the United States, and it is also able to miniaturize enough for a nuclear bomb to be able to install in such a machine.

Pyongyang has accused the US President of driving the peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war after he warned that his military was "locked and loaded".

The tensions between USA and North Korea escalated after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in July that appears to have the range to hit major United States cities.

The activity on a ballistic missile experimental for a submarine-type SINPO shipyard building naval and submarine base of Mayang-do suggest "that the North could prepare a new series "sea" of test-firing, that he has undertaken changes and improvements to the systems and launch of the submarine, or that it is developing a more advanced version of the Pukguksong-1".

North Korea carried out its first successful test-launch of an ICBM on July 4, followed by another successful launch of an ICBM on July 28.

The Pentagon has said that the United States and North Korea would proceed as planned with a joint military exercise despite the risk it will further antagonise the situation.

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