Undersea nuclear drone – level 3

28-03-2023 07:00

North Korea has tested its latest weapon, an underwater attack drone. The country’s state broadcaster said that it was designed to cause a radioactive ‘tsunami’.

When detonated below the surface, the drone creates massive radioactive waves that can hit enemy ships or coastal areas. The weapon is capable of attacking almost any port in South Korea and even Japan’s Yokosuka Port where the US army is located.

The underwater drone has been in development since 2012; however, the government also tested some other new weapons. During the test, North Korea launched four cruise missiles dubbed ‘Hwasal-1’ and ‘Hwasal-2’, and two of each were launched.

The US and South Korea have just conducted 11-day joint military drills in the region, and these latest North Korean tests are thought to be a response. According to experts, North Korea wants to show off an increasingly diverse range of nuclear threats to its enemies.

Difficult words: cruise missile (a low-flying rocket that is guided to its target by a computer), drill (a military training or exercise), diverse (including many different types of things).

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