North Korea completes building new 3,000-ton submarine

South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities believe North Korea is ready to roll out a new 3,000-ton submarine, only waiting for the right timing, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday, citing sources.

It said the intelligence authorities have determined that the 3,000-ton submarine, unveiled in July 2019, can carry three submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs.

“The authorities assess that North Korea is reviewing the right timing to roll out the submarine for a strategic effect, including maximizing pressure against the United States,” a source was quoted as saying.

The source added that the North could reveal the submarine at a launching ceremony and actually roll out an SLBM such as the Pukguksong-3.

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