What is Haeil Drone?

North Korea has recently unveiled its new nuclear underwater drone, which has caused concerns in the international community. The drone, dubbed “Haeil” or Tsunami, is designed to create massive radioactive waves through submarine explosions. North Korean state news agency KCNA claims that the drone can be deployed at any coast and port or towed by a surface ship for operation. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was reportedly “greatly satisfied” after the drone was successfully tested.

Test-Firing and Capabilities of the Drone

The nuclear tsunami drone was launched earlier this week off the coast of Riwon County in South Hamgyong Province. It reportedly cruised underwater for 59 hours at a depth of 80 to 150 metres before detonating at the target location. North Korea also launched four strategic cruise missiles affixed with mock nuclear warheads.

Concerns and Criticism from Experts

North Korea’s claims regarding the capabilities of its advanced tsunami drones have been met with skepticism and criticism from experts. It is not confirmed whether North Korea has developed miniature versions of nuclear warheads that can be fitted on smaller weapons like drones. Additionally, there is no indication that the drones are deployment-ready. Despite these uncertainties, experts have warned against downplaying the rising nuclear threat emanating from Pyongyang.

Joint Military Drills and North Korea’s Reaction

The joint military drills between South Korea and the United States have greatly riled the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The drills have caused tensions between the two Koreas, and North Korea’s recent display of its nuclear capabilities is seen as a response to the drills. Pyongyang claims that its new nuclear drones will not only destroy enemy ports but also disrupt the naval operations in the target area.




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