Important Weapon Test and Firing Drill for Strategic Purpose Conducted in DPRK

The intentional, persistent and provocative war drills and confrontational stance of the US imperialists and the south Korean puppet traitors have driven the military and political situation of the Korean peninsula to an irreversibly dangerous point.

The reckless and dangerous nature of the confrontational hysteria recently betrayed by them is unprecedented in kind in history.

The US imperialists and their stooges kicked off a large-scale dangerous drill, an actual drill for “occupying” the DPRK in the light of its form and contents, in defiance of the repeated stern warnings by the DPRK government, army and people. It is expected that they will get more frantic in their persistent military provocations to aggravate the situation as ever with a more heated confrontational stand.

Such grave challenging situation against the state security of the DPRK requires it to have stronger war deterrents for firmly supporting the peaceful socialist state building activities–the more developed, multi-faceted and offensive nuclear attack capability–and increase its capability in every way in order to deter war and firmly preserve peace and prosperity with its tremendous might.

The hostile forces’ anti-DPRK war scenario based on the deployment of huge nuclear strategic assets, the amount of forces involved in carrying it out and the ensuing peculiar mode of war urgently require the DPRK to make its entire armed forces gird themselves for an all-out war and bolster up its nuclear force both in quality and quantity on a priority basis.

The Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea is energetically guiding the continuous military activities to bolster up its nuclear war deterrence for self-defence in order to strengthen the country’s defence posture in every way and promptly counter and thoroughly control and manage any nuclear war threats and challenges by the enemy.

After organizing and guiding a combined tactical drill simulating a nuclear counterattack, the WPK Central Military Commission, from March 21 to 23, commanded drills which served as a demonstration of another military attack capability, in order to alert the enemy to an actual nuclear crisis and verify the reliability of the nuclear force for self-defence.

The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un guided the important military activities.

A new underwater attack weapon system test was conducted from March 21 to 23.

Since 2012, the DPRK’s defence scientific research institute has conducted the development of the underwater nuclear strategic attack weapon system based on a new operational concept, studying the styles of warfare in the new era and defining the orientation of development of the self-defence capabilities to outpace the military and technical superiority of the imperialist aggressor forces.

The weapon system was informally reported to the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee at the Defence Development Exhibition Self-Defence-2021 held in October 2021.

This secret weapon was named “Unmanned Underwater Nuclear Attack Craft ‘Haeil’” at the 8th Congress of the WPK. It has undergone more than 50 shakedowns for the past two years since the Party Congress.

Kim Jong Un personally guided 29 rounds of weapon tests, and its operational deployment was decided at the 6th Plenary Meeting of the 8th WPK Central Committee.

The mission of the underwater nuclear strategic weapon is to steal into the operational waters and make a super-scale radioactive tsunami through underwater explosion to destroy the enemy’s flotilla of warships and major operational ports.

This unmanned underwater nuclear attack craft can be deployed at any coast and port or towed by a surface ship for operation.

The craft, which was deployed for a drill off the coast in Riwon County of South Hamgyong Province on March 21, reached the target point in the waters off Hongwon Bay set as a mock enemy port with its test warhead detonating underwater on the afternoon of March 23 after cruising along an oval and pattern-8 course at an underwater depth of 80 to 150 metres in the East Sea of Korea for 59 hours and 12 minutes.

The test correctly estimated all the tactical and technical specifications and navigational and technical indices of the craft, verified its reliability and safety and fully confirmed its lethal strike capability.

On March 22, there took place a firing drill to get strategic cruise missile units skilled in the procedures and processes for carrying out their tactical nuclear attack missions.

Prior to the drill, there was a training to reexamine the operational normality and systematic safety of technical and mechanical devices, including the procedures for authenticating the nuclear attack order and the launch approval system, and to get the strategic cruise missile sub-units skilled in action procedures and handling the equipment through repeated practice.

The strategic cruise missiles were tipped with a test warhead simulating a nuclear warhead.

Two “Hwasal-1”-type strategic cruise missiles and two “Hwasal-2”-type strategic cruise missiles, launched in Jakdo-dong, Hungnam District, Hamhung City, South Hamgyong Province, accurately hit the target set in the East Sea of Korea after flying on their programmed 1 500km- and 1 800km-long oval and pattern-8 orbits for 7 557 to 7 567 seconds and 9 118 to 9 129 seconds respectively.

The drill also involved the cruise missiles’ minimum-altitude flight test and the test for estimating their capability for ever-changing-altitude control and evasion flight.

It also verified once again the operational reliability of nuclear explosion control devices and detonators by applying the airburst (600 metres above the target) strike mode to two different missiles.

The major weapon test and the firing drills had no adverse impact on the security of the neighbouring countries.

The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was greatly satisfied with the results of the major weapon test and the firing drill for a strategic purpose.

Underlining the need to neutralize every attempt of the enemy to invade the DPRK and creditably defend our people’s peaceful life and future and the cause of socialist construction by more overwhelmingly and offensively countering to the end the reckless military provocations being escalated by the US and the south Korean authorities in disregard of our patience and warnings, he set forth the immediate militant tasks and permanent policies to this end.

Bitterly criticizing the US imperialists for desperately resorting to military moves imperiling the regional situation under the pretence of fulfilling their commitment to defending allies and under various pretexts of tightening alliance, encouraging the misguided imprudence and “bravery” of the south Korean puppet traitors and inciting them to impudent actions, he referred to the need to take offensive actions to make the enemy inviting the danger with their thoughtless and reckless acts realize the DPRK’s unlimited nuclear war deterrence capability being bolstered up at a greater speed.

He said that the high-profile demonstration of the powerful war deterrence would make the US imperialists and the south Korean puppet regime plunge into despair for their choice and make them understand by themselves that they are bound to lose more than they get and face a greater threat due to the strengthening of the military alliance and the expansion of war drills in the region.

He, on behalf of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK government, seriously warned once again the enemies that they should stop the reckless anti-DPRK war drills.

The nuclear force of the DPRK will further enhance its responsible militant function and mission with its more destructive might to thoroughly shatter the war maniacs’ confrontational wild dream and bolster up its overwhelming nuclear counteraction posture in every way, true to the expectations and desire of the Party, government and people of the DPRK for deterring war and preserving peace and stability.


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