North Korea deploys six more patrol ships along maritime boundary: Seoul

(From Yonhap)

North Korea has deployed six more patrol vessels near the sea border with South Korea as the North continues its campaign to invalidate the maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea.

“The North Korean military has stationed six additional patrol ships near the Northern Limit Line and newly built artillery bunkers inside the island of Gal this year,” the Navy said in its audit report to lawmakers.

Through the additional deployment and intensified artillery power in the Yellow Sea border area, the North is continuing its schemes to nullify the NLL, according to the Navy report.

North Korea often sends ships across the maritime border and launches provocations, challenging the legitimacy of the NLL drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command after the 1950-53 Korean War.

A new type of Very Slender Vessel is seen at right docked at Nampo Port in North Korea. [Screen capture from Google Earth]

A new type of Very Slender Vessel is seen at right docked at Nampo Port in North Korea. [Screen capture from Google Earth]

The communist country is also continuing its development of new weapons aimed at local provocations and an all-our war, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), stealthy Very Slender Vessels (VSV) and new torpedoes, the Navy said of the security threats facing South Korea.

Following the North’s recent test-launch of a SLBM, the country may take four or five years before deploying the new missiles for combat use, Air Force Chief of Staff Jeong Kyeong-doo said in a related parliamentary audit earlier in the day.

North Korea owns a fleet of about 10 stealth VSVs that are equipped with stealth technology, multiple rocket launchers and torpedo tubes, a high-ranking Navy official said in the audit session.

Three types of North Korean VSVs, used for coastal infiltration operations, have been reportedly deployed in the East and Yellow Sea.

 



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