29 Aug '16, 10pm

South Korea says no plans to introduce nuclear submarines

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's Defense Ministry said Monday it has no plans to introduce nuclear-powered submarines, despite calls by lawmakers to do so following a recent test of a submarine-launched missile by rival North Korea. The ballistic missile traveled about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the greatest distance achieved by North Korea for such a weapon. Last week's test caused jitters among many South Koreans because submarine-based missiles are harder to detect before launch than land-based ones. A group of 21 ruling party lawmakers issued a joint statement on Sunday calling for the introduction of nuclear-powered submarines to better deal with increasing security threats from North Korea. But the Defense Ministry said Monday it has no such plan, without elaborating. Acquiring nuclear submarines is a sensitive issue for South Korea because it could trigger opposi...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/south-korea-says-no...

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