N Korean Ballistic Missile Submarines

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  1. From Reuters, 3 August 2004:

    "North Korea is deploying new land-and sea-based ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and may have suficient range to hit the United States, according to the authoritative Jane's Defense Weekly.

    "...[T]he two new systems appear to be based on a decommissioned Soviet submarine-launched ballistic missile, the R-27."

    The North Koreans have been "buying 12 former Soviet submarines which had been sold for scrap metal but retained key elements of their missile launch systems.

    ...

    "Apart from targeting the Unted States, South Korea or Japan, cash-strapped north Korea might seek to sell the technology to countries that have bought its missiles in the past, with Iran a prime candidate...

    "Jane's said the new land-based system had an estimated range of $2,500 to 4,000 km..., and the sea-based system, launchable from a submarine or a ship, had a range of at least 2,500 km."

    "New N. Korean Missiles Said To Threaten U.S.," by Mark Trevelyan.
    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5860277
     
  2. Please confirm this is the RUMOUR forum.
    From Zero to Nuc Balistic submaries just like that.
    john
    PS ya didn't mention thems Supersonic Torpedoes
     
  3. Jonwilly;

    I only know what I read.

    Speaking of reading, here's a tidbit from (allegedly) the US Defense Intelligence Agency:

    "/********THIS IS A COMBINED MESSAGE******************/

    "COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (KS)

    "SUBJ: (redacted material) PAK BO-HI TRIP TO KN

    "WARNING: THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE. REPORT CLASSIFIED

    "CONFIDENTIAL NOFORN

    "DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

    ...

    "IN JAN94, A JAPANESE TRADING COMPANY 'TOUEN SHOJI, IN SUGINAMI-KU, TOKYO, PURCHASED 12 F AND G CLASS SUBMARINES FROM THE RUSSIAN PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS. THESE SUBMARINES WERE SOLD TO A KN TRADING COMPANY. ALTHOUGH THIS TRANSACTION GARNERED A GREAT DEAL OF COVERAGE IN THE JAPANESE PRESS IT WAS NOT DISCLOSED AT THE TIME THAT TOUEN SHOJI IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE UNIFICATION CHURCH."

    http://www.consortiumnews.com/moondocs/index.html

    The Pyongyang regime needn't invent this stuff; they only have to buy it.

    In this instance, it is represented, by source quoted above, that a sugar daddy helped them out with the purchase.