North Korea rocket fragments salvaged underwater, Seoul says

(From UPI)

The rocket debris resulted from the detonation of a preinstalled self-destructive device, according to South Korean media

Various parts of the North Korea rocket that fell off the coast of the peninsula were salvaged, South Korea’s Navy said Thursday.

Metal objects believed to be a part of North Korean long range rocket launched on February 7, 2016, are seen at a naval base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, February 11

Metal objects believed to be a part of North Korean long range rocket launched on Feb. 7, 2016, are seen at a naval base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Feb. 11

The recovered fragments include a first-stage missile propellant, a rocket engine nozzle and rocket debris, South Korea’s News 1 reported.

Seoul’s Navy said the South’s minesweeper, the Gimpo, had identified the debris about 65 nautical miles southwest of Eocheongdo Island on the western coast. The ship’s sonar had detected the fragments that lay at a depth of 80 meters below the water’s surface, the Navy said.

Another ship, the Tongyeong, was dispatched to collect the North Korean rocket debris, and divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles, or ROVs, were deployed for the first time, according to Kim Ho-jin, the captain of the Tongyeong.

North Korea had also begun deploying ships and the P-3, a maritime patrol aircraft, to search for the remaining fragments.

South Korean newspaper Herald Business reported the rocket debris resulted from the detonation of a preinstalled self-destructive device, and that in 2012 Seoul had salvaged the North’s rocket debris in order to identify Pyongyang’s missile capabilities. Read more

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