"'It would take one or two years before the North completes the test for the vertical launch of missiles from the sea,' said a military source in Seoul, expressing security concerns as Pyongyang has also been working on miniaturizing nuclear warheads for its missiles." - - 38 North.
Germane to those previous blog entries seen here and here, the North Korean not possessing a submarine capable of firing vertical cold-launched ballistic missiles, surfaced or submerged, it matters not.
OR IS THIS SO? EVIDENTLY NOT!
At this exact moment the North Korean [DPRK] having in their inventory about forty [?] Romeo class submarines. NONE of which capable of firing the North Korean Polaris-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile.
"The Project 633 class (known in the West by its NATO reporting name as the Romeo class) is a class of Soviet diesel-electric submarine, built in the 1950s.
Romeo in a line of Soviet submarine development Zulu/Whiskey/Romeo. and based on the original German Type XXI technology from that era of the Second World War.
"By today's standards Romeo class submarines are considered obsolete, but they still have some value as training and surveillance vessels."
NORTH KOREA HOWEVER HAVING AT THEIR DISPOSAL SOVIET-ERA GOLF CLASS SUBMARINES SOLD AS SCRAP IN 1990. GOLF CLASS NOTED FOR AN ABILITY TO FIRE VERTICAL-LAUNCH BALLISTIC MISSILES IN SOME INSTANCES WHILE SUBMERGED AND USING COLD LAUNCH TECHNOLOGY!
"North Korea's Brand New Ballistic Sub Discontinued by Soviets in 1990"
"Looks like North Korea's engineers have been hard at work brushing up on their obsolete Soviet-era technology. Because after acquiring 10 [Golf class] discontinued Soviet subs , everyone's favorite little warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has finally rendered the outdated ballistic vessels seaworthy—and it only took them 21 years."
WITH SOME SEVERE MODIFICATIONS OF WHICH THE NORTH KOREAN IS QUITE CAPABLE THESE OLD-FASHIONED GOLF CLASS SUBS CAN BECOME AGAIN A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
Comrade Kim has it all figured out? North Korea under his command will be a regional military and possessing a global reach and using antiquated Soviet submarine technology to do so??
Perhaps the proletariat of North Korea go without electricity and are under-fed and under-nourished, but Comrade Kim will have his submarines and missiles. I fear it is so!!