North Korea SLBMs prompt South to consider nuclear subs
Vessels could provide stronger deterrent to sub-based nuclear attacks
South Korea’s government may be looking to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, a possible response to North Korea’s development of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLMBs), UPI reported.
Seoul is mulling purchasing hunter-killer nuke submarines that would offer a stronger deterrent to a sub-based nuclear attack from the North, UPI said, quoting a story that appeared in the South Korean newspaper Maeil Business.
The Maeil article noted that the current US THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is focused on North Korean land-based missiles and would have trouble detecting submarine-launched attacks at sea. The same is true of existing South Korean early-warning radar systems, the newspaper said.
South Korean nuke subs, according to the story, would be able to stay submerged for long periods and would be highly maneuverable. They could lay in wait for North Korean submarines stealing from their bases to launch missile attacks on the South.