As the date for the upcoming large-scale joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea approaches, North Korea is back at it again with its test-firing of missiles. This time, however, the launch was from a submarine.

At It Again With Its ‘Strategic’ Missiles

On Monday, North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA, reported Pyongyang test-fired two nuclear-capable cruise missiles from a submarine Sunday. It noted that the recent test aimed to once again show the country’s defense strength, all while evaluating the reliability of its underwater offensive system, particularly its submarine unit.

Moreover, to demonstrate to hostile forces the nuclear-armed state’s determination to grip control in the region, with KCNA adding, “the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces are getting evermore undisguised in their anti-DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) military movements.”

The strategic cruise missile was launched off the “8.24 Yongung,” which means “August 24 Hero,” the largest submarine built for the Korean People’s Navy submarine. It is identified as a Sinpo-class submarine, whose design closely resembles the old Yugoslavic-build Heroj- and Sava-classes. Currently, the 8.24 Yongung is the country’s only known experimental ballistic missile underwater craft, with three or more allegedly planned for construction.