South Korea | Iron Coffin: Inside North Korea's infiltration submarine
  • The 1996 mini submarine used to infiltrate special operations personnel into South Korea. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    The 1996 mini submarine used to infiltrate special operations personnel into South Korea. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • South Korean commandos board a stranded submarine in 1996. A team of South Korean commandos are now on a hostage-rescue mission. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    South Korean commandos board a stranded submarine in 1996. A team of South Korean commandos are now on a hostage-rescue mission. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • Stern damages caused during the boat’s grounding is plain to see. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    Stern damages caused during the boat’s grounding is plain to see. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • The central compartment is a tangle of valves and piping. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    The central compartment is a tangle of valves and piping. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • The sub interior is not for claustrophobes. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    The sub interior is not for claustrophobes. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • Communications gear used by the infiltrators. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    Communications gear used by the infiltrators. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • A tiny semisubmersible infiltration boat is another North Korean exhibit. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    A tiny semisubmersible infiltration boat is another North Korean exhibit. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • The North Korean submarine in the foreground stands in stark contrast to the bunker in the background, an active duty coastal fortification manned by South Korean troops. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    The North Korean submarine in the foreground stands in stark contrast to the bunker in the background, an active duty coastal fortification manned by South Korean troops. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • The rugged coast of Gangwon Province has been the scene of deadly incursions. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    The rugged coast of Gangwon Province has been the scene of deadly incursions. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
  • A South Korean destroyer towers over the captured North Korean naval assets. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
    A South Korean destroyer towers over the captured North Korean naval assets. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times

Iron Coffin: Inside North Korea’s infiltration submarine

An unusual tourist attraction outside the Olympic city of Gangneung tells a nightmare story – one that holds lessons for US war planners preparing strikes on North Korea

March 4, 2018 11:29 AM (UTC+8)
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