December 09, 2016 13:08
The Foreign Ministry has put 60 submarine components on a watchlist to deter North Korea from further developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles, a spokesman said Thursday. The North apparently succeeded in test-firing an SLBM in August.
The watchlist includes high-tensile steel for cylindrical submarine hulls, acoustic sound-control coating and underwater communication systems, periscope video systems, and navigation radar.
Another goal of the latest sanctions is to prevent North Korean submarines from launching torpedo attacks by evading South Korean and U.S. surveillance. The list also includes mine detection sensors, torpedo loading racks, torpedo tubes, and torpedo decoy launchers.
This watchlist is unilateral at the moment but Seoul will try to bring other countries on board.
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