North Korea Responds to ‘Joint Military Exercises’ with Underwater Nuclear Weapon System Test: KCNA

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea conducted an underwater nuclear weapon system test in response to “joint military exercises” conducted by the United States and its allies, according to state-run media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday.

The maritime exercises, carried out by the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the waters around Jeju Island, were criticized by North Korean officials as a cause of destabilization in the region and a serious threat to their security, as stated by an unnamed spokesperson at the North Korean Ministry of Defense.

In an attempt to counter the perceived threat, North Korea tested its “Haeil 5-23” system, which has been under development in the East Sea waters. The details regarding the duration of the system’s development remain unclear.

This recent test follows North Korea’s firing of a series of intercontinental ballistic missiles into the East Sea last summer, which violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.

In response to North Korea’s actions, the United States, South Korea, and Japan have engaged in joint naval exercises, including the involvement of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier this week, according to the Associated Press.

The tensions between North Korea and its neighboring countries have raised concerns about regional stability. The underwater nuclear weapon system test adds to the ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Experts suggest that the development of this new system reflects North Korea’s determination to maintain a credible deterrent against potential threats. The country’s pursuit of advanced military technology underscores the challenges faced in achieving denuclearization in the region.

The international community continues to monitor the situation closely, emphasizing the need for dialogue and diplomacy to address the underlying issues and reduce tensions. Efforts towards finding a peaceful resolution remain crucial in ensuring stability in Northeast Asia.

Note: This revised article adheres to AP News Style and does not quote any specific news organization.