NK State media silent on SLBM launch
Passers-by watch a television report on the launch of a North Korean missile at Seoul Station. (Yonhap)
North Korea’s official news agency and other state media remained silent on Sunday about a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) the country fired the day before in its latest hit saber before the inauguration of new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang’s official mouthpiece, usually begins its morning news cycle with reports on major events that occurred the day before, such as the activity of leader Kim Jong-un or the main weapons tests.
But on Sunday, the KCNA made no mention of the launch of the SLBM, which the South Korean military said was carried out on Saturday afternoon in the waters off the coastal town of Sinpo, the main shipyard of northern submarines.
Rodong Sinmun, the North’s main newspaper, and other media also remained silent during the launch.
The dismissal, which marked the North’s 15th show of force this year, came just three days before Yoon was to take office as South Korea’s new president with a North Korean policy widely seen as more hawkish than the country’s. outgoing President Moon Jae-in.
It is the second time in less than a week that North Korean state media has published no reports of major weapons tests. Last week, state media released no report after the North fired what is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), sparking speculation the launch ended by a failure.
Meanwhile, Meari, a propaganda outlet, criticized Yoon’s plan to strengthen defense against nuclear and missile threats from the North, including completing what is dubbed a “three-axis” system. claiming that such systems would be “useless” in the face of the country’s crisis. “Mighty strength and absolute power.”
The internal three-axis system consists of the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR), an operational plan to neutralize the North Korean leadership in a major conflict; the Kill Chain preemptive strike platform; and the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system.
“Things such as the introduction of foreign high-tech weapons, the development of weapons on their own, or the establishment of a South Korean-style three-axis system are nothing but useless things in the face of our mighty strength and absolute power,” it said. (Yonhap)