North Korea is making rapid progress on developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles and missile-firing submarines, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts. “Rapid technological developments have taken place over a short period, resulting in significant progress towards an operational submarine-launched ballistic missile system,” the eight-member U.N. panel of experts stated.
The report provides new details on Pyongyang’s development of a submarine-launched missile called the KN-11. “The shift from liquid- to a solid-fuel engine for the KN-11 is a major technological development, affording greater stability, quicker preparation and longer fuel storage,” the report states. The report provided photographs of the Gorae-class submarine used to launch the missile. READ MORE