US hunter killer subs will need to focus on Nork threat
North Korea is making rapid progress on developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles and missile-firing submarines, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts.The North Koreans will need nuclear submarines to make this threat more credible since they do not have access to bases outside the country. Keeping their subs bottled up may be the best way to deal with them.
"Rapid technological developments have taken place over a short period, resulting in significant progress towards an operational submarine-launched ballistic missile system," the eight-member U.N. panel of experts stated.
The report provides new details on Pyongyang's development of a submarine-launched missile called the KN-11.
"The shift from liquid- to a solid-fuel engine for the KN-11 is a major technological development, affording greater stability, quicker preparation and longer fuel storage," the report states.
The report provided photographs of the Gorae-class submarine used to launch the missile.