North Korea claimed on Saturday to have examined a brand new sort of underwater drone it mentioned was “able to carrying a nuclear warhead.”
The drone – referred to as the “Haeil-2 Unmanned Underwater Nuclear Assault Boat’” – was examined between April 4 and seven, in keeping with a report by the state-run Korean Central Information Company (KCNA).
It cruised in waters off North Korea’s east coast for greater than 71 hours earlier than its take a look at warhead was detonated underwater on Thursday afternoon, KCNA mentioned.
That is the second time in weeks the reclusive nation claims to have examined a nuclear succesful drone. In March, Pyongyang mentioned it had examined the Haeil-1, which it claimed was able to carrying a nuclear warhead that might create a “radioactive tsunami.”
“On account of the take a look at, the reliability and deadly strike functionality of the underwater strategic weapon system had been completely proved,” KCNA mentioned of the most recent take a look at, of the Haeil-2.
Pyongyang claims to have been creating nuclear succesful drones since 2012 and to have carried out greater than 50 assessments prior to now two years.
Nevertheless, analysts have poured doubt on North Korea’s claims, noting that North Korea has beforehand exaggerated its capabilities and deployment time traces.
The information follows assessments final month of what North Korea mentioned had been nuclear-capable cruise missiles.