North Korea successfully launches nuclear submarine drone in South Hamgyong province

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un – KIM JAE-HWAN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

North Korea on Friday »successfully» launched an underwater nuclear drone off the coast of Riwon, South Hamgyong Province, which successfully reached the waters of Hongwon Bay, 116 kilometers away.

The nuclear drone, which was placed on Tuesday, has detached a warhead that has sailed at a depth of 80 to 150 meters in waters of the Sea of Japan, known to Korea as the East Sea, for 59 hours and 12 minutes, Yonhap news agency reported, citing KCNA.

The day before, South Korean authorities reported that North Korea had carried out the launch of several cruise missiles into the Sea of Japan in the midst of rising tension on the Korean peninsula.

The launching of such projectiles comes as Seoul and Washington conduct a series of joint military exercises under the name ‘Freedom Shield’, maneuvers that have repeatedly drawn criticism from Pyongyang, which has warned that it would take action.