South Korea, North Korea simultaneously launch ballistic missiles

South Korea’s Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine successfully launched a ballistic missile just hours after North Korea launched two projectiles.

The test launch of the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine took place at the test center of the Defense Development Agency of the Ministry of National Defense in South Chungcheong province this morning, just hours after North Korea launched two ballistic missiles. religion.

The Blue House said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in personally supervised the test launch, adding that the projectile flew on the right trajectory and hit the target.

Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine during testing.  Photo: Korean Navy.

Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine during testing. Photo: Korean Navy.

“Having a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is of great significance, ensuring deterrence against threats from many directions, and plays a big role in autonomous defense, as well as establishing peace on the Korean peninsula from now on,” the Blue House said.

The South Korean Defense Ministry has not released details about the missile, including its range and accuracy.

Earlier, the South Korean military and the Japanese coast guard also detected North Korea firing two ballistic missiles of unknown types from the east coast. The Japanese Coast Guard said the missile did not land in the country’s exclusive economic zone, but did not provide further details.

The missile test launch from the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine made South Korea the eighth country in the world to develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and the first non-nuclear weapons country. first to do this.

South Korean media reported that the country’s SLBM model is named Hyunmoo 4-4, developed from the Hyunmoo-2B tactical ballistic missile family and has a range of about 500 km. The announcement was made in the context of North Korea continuously launching SLBM lines with increasing power, along with a program to develop domestic ballistic missile submarines.

SLBM is one of the three pillars of nuclear deterrence of great powers, next to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and bombers carrying nuclear weapons. SLBMs have less accuracy and power than ICBMs, but ballistic missile submarines can hide under the sea for a long time to launch a pre-emptive attack on the enemy or retaliate in case the country owns it. being attacked.

South Korea is developing a series of new missiles to destroy fortified bunkers and bunkers, as well as reduce military dependence on the US.

President Moon Jae-in in early May announced that Washington had canceled a missile policy document with Seoul, which completely removed the limitation on the weapons range and opened the way for South Korea to develop ballistic missiles. with a range of over 800 km. The US last year also allowed South Korea to build solid-fuel boosters, one of the key elements for the SLBM.

Vu Anh (Follow Yonhap)

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