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North Korean submarine stayed in Sea of Japan for at least 48 hours

Saturday morning’s Sankei carried a report from Washington saying that CNN claimed on Thursday that several U.S. defense officials said a North Korean submarine had been in the Sea of Japan for about 48 hours as of the time of the report. The daily said that while CNN reported that it was a Romeo-class submarine, Johns Hopkins University’s website 38 North announced that it could be a Sinpo-class submarine produced in North Korea and designed to carry SLBMs. Sankei wrote that it is extremely unusual for a North Korean submarine to conduct operations away from home for such a long period of time, adding that 38 North claimed that North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a “KN11” SLBM or a more advanced model.

Sankei reported in a separate article that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said in a press briefing on Friday that the GOJ “is continuously collecting and analyzing information on North Korea’s military moves, including its nuclear and missile development, with intense interest.”

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