North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a new submarine, paying close attention to his combat arms system, a week after Pyongyang’s warning against further military maneuvers between Seoul and Washington.
The submarine will be deployed in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, reported the North Korean official KCNA without further details on the craft or the site of the inspection.
“The Supreme Leader has learned all the details about his operational and tactical data and combat arms system,” the agency added.
Last week, North Korea warned that imminent military exercises between Washington and Seoul could have repercussions on the announced resumption of its talks with the United States, suggesting that it could reconsider its moratorium on its ballistic and nuclear.
Last month, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed, during an impromptu meeting in the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula, to resume nuclear talks after months of deadlock. But no meeting has taken place for the time between the two parties.
Nearly 30,000 American soldiers are deployed in South Korea and the annual exercises they conduct with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have never failed to pester Pyongyang. The North sees them as the general rehearsal of the invasion of its territory.
The scale of these maneuvers planned for August has been reduced to facilitate dialogue with the North but the latter has denounced a “clear violation” of the joint declaration signed in June 2018 in Singapore by the US president and the leader. North Korea at their first summit.
In Singapore, the two leaders had adopted a vague text on the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to establish bilateral relations of a “new” kind.