Last week, North Korea heightened the ongoing rift with the South as they fired short range missiles towards South Korea in the middle of this year’s annual South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise. Now, it looks like the Kim Jong-un led nation is in distress as one of their submarines is reportedly missing.
CNN reported that the U.S. military currently in South Korea had been keeping an eye on the submarine which has been roaming around North Korea’s east coast when it suddenly stopped. U.S. ran spy satellites are continuously watching North Korea as they try to locate their vessel. Currently, it is still unknown whether the submarine has just encountered an engine malfunction and has just been drifting through the waters or if it sunk. Nonetheless, the U.S. military believes that it has encountered some failure while doing an unknown exercise.
Despite North Korea seemingly busy with their rescue and retrieval operations on their missing vessel, South Korea is not taking anything for granted as they vow to continue being vigilant when it comes to protecting their national security.
“As of now, there are no direct signs of provocation, but we are planning to continuously strengthen surveillance,” Moon Sang-gyun, Defense Ministry spokesman, said.
It can be remembered that Kim has once again warned of a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice,” which can “annihilate enemies.”
Also last week, the North Korean leader reportedly said that they should be ready with their weapons, especially their nuclear ones in case a war breaks out.
Furthermore, Kim was also reportedly asking for more nuclear tests to be conducted. An article by The Guardian quoted a report by the Korean Central News Agency which read, “Dear comrade Kim Jong Un said work… must be strengthened to improve nuclear attack capability and issued combat tasks to continue nuclear explosion tests to assess the power of newly developed nuclear warheads and tests to improve nuclear attack capability.”