How North Korea’s submarine-launched cruise missiles ratchet up risk of conflict
Stealth advantages of sea-launched weapons could push US and ROK toward preemption, while DPRK bets on deterrence effect
On the heels of a recent solid fuel close-range ballistic missile salvo, Pyongyang claimed on Monday that it carried out its first-ever launch of a sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) from a submarine.
North Korean state media reported that it launched two “strategic cruise missiles” — likely of the same type first revealed in Sept. 2021 — from its Gorae-class ballistic missile submarine (SSB) on Sunday, a day before the U.S. and South Korea began large-scale field training.
The launch marks the first primarily developmental test launch of a known missile system from a new basing mode in
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