North Korea recently revealed that it had tested its underwater drone capable of carrying a nuclear warhead against the backdrop of the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. It also claimed that the lethal drone could unleash a “super-sized radioactive tsunami.”

Nuclear Armed Torpedo

The state-owned  Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on March 24th that Pyongyang allegedly conducted the test of its “new underwater attack weapon system” in the waters off its east coast a day prior.

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Kim Jong-un via Twitter

During the test, North Korea launched its suicide autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with a non-nuclear payload off the coast of Riwon County of South Hamgyong Province on Tuesday, March 21. It arrived at its target point in the waters around Hongwon Bay, where they installed a mock enemy port, and was destroyed Thursday afternoon after gliding underwater for more than 59 hours at a depth of 80 to 150 meters (260-500 feet).

“The underwater nuclear attack drone, which was deployed for a drill off the coast of Riwon County of South Hamgyong Province on Tuesday, reached the target point in the waters off Hongwon Bay set as a mock enemy port with its test warhead detonating underwater on Thursday afternoon after cruising along an oval and pattern-8 course at an underwater depth of 80 to 150 meters in the East Sea of Korea for 59 hours and 12 minutes.” | via KCNA report