South Korea announced on September 15, 2021 that it is developing a supersonic cruise missile, in apparent response to the launch of two ballistic missiles by North Korea, which also said it had tested a cruise missile over the weekend.
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“The cruise missile developed on this occasion has higher speed than other existing missiles, which makes it very difficult for enemy ships to respond, which improves the missile’s survivability and its destructive power,” explained the Ministry of Defense. National Defense in a statement.
However, no further details are specified about this weapon, other than that it is an anti-ship projectile.
“The supersonic missile is expected to become a key element that can respond more effectively to the forces approaching national territorial waters,” the text concludes.
This announcement came shortly after Seoul announced that it had launched a submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) on a test basis and that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had witnessed the test.
Although Moon assured that the test was not in response to the North Korean launch of two ballistic missiles a few hours earlier, the time and form chosen seem to indicate that Seoul has wanted to send a message of strength, both to Pyongyang and to the South Koreans, given that there will be presidential elections in March.
To all this was added another announcement from the Ministry of National Defense, indicating that Seoul is also making progress in the development of a long-range air-to-surface missile for its fighters.
What happened today is preceded by a test, last weekend, of a new type of long-range cruise missile by Pyongyang, and by a first test of the southern SLBM two weeks ago.
To this must be added the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the end of August warning that Pyongyang reactivated facilities this year to obtain nuclear fuel that can be used for bombs.
This arms escalation comes at a time when the denuclearization dialogue has remained stalled since the failed 2019 Hanoi summit, in which the United States deemed North Korea’s disarmament offer insufficient and refused to lift sanctions.
With information from EFE