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US sends n-submarine to South Korea

IANS | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 06:13 PM IST

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Seoul: The US, in response to the recent space rocket launch by Pyongyang, has sent a nuclear-powered submarine to South Korea, a spokesperson from Seoul’s Armed Forces said on Thursday. The USS North Carolina (SSN-777), a Virginia-class submarine with over eight years in service and with a cruising speed of 46 kph, can carry Tomahawk cruise missiles and submarine-launched torpedoes, Efe news reported. With the deployment of this vessel in South Korean waters, the US seeks to “reassert its commitment to the defense of South Korea,” and “send a warning message,” to North Korea, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson claimed the US is also considering dispatching two new combat aircraft with stealth capabilities, possibly a B-2 bomber and an F-22 Raptor fighter plane, to South Korea. The dispatch of the submarine is being seen as a response to the North Korean space satellite launch carried out aboard a long-range rocket on Sunday, an action that was fiercely condemned by both Seoul and Washington, who believe it to be a veiled missile test in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The US deploys a permanent force of 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend its ally against North Korean aggression in an arrangement that dates back to the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Published on: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 04:34 PM IST