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China and Iran may assist North Korea’s cruise missiles: experts

North Korea announced on September 13 that it “successfully” tested a new type of cruise missile, which aroused major doubts from military experts. One commented to The Epoch Times that China and Iran are likely to support the development and manufacture of missiles.

Senior researcher Richard Fisher wrote: “Because of China’s assistance to North Korea’s ballistic missiles and its advanced long-range ground attack cruise missile (LACM) production base, China is likely to use North Korea’s new long-range ground-to-surface cruise missile ( LACM).” September 13, in an email from the International Evaluation and Strategy Center (IASC).

“Iran is also very likely to provide LACM technology to Pyongyang,” Fisher wrote. Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea.

Two days after the LACM test, North Korea tested two more ballistic missiles, violating multiple UN Security Council resolutions. On the same day, September 15, South Korea tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Ballistic missiles usually attract more attention in the United States because they can reach the continental United States without additional deployment on ships and submarines. However, LACM needs to be examined more closely because of their regional significance and because China or Iran may have been involved in proliferation to North Korea.

“Between 1999 and 2001, according to former Ukrainian Congressman Hrihory Omelchenko, Ukraine exported 6 Russian KH-55 anti-aircraft missiles to China and 6 KH-55s to Iran. Iran’s Sumar LACM looks similar to KH-55 is very similar,” Fisher wrote in an email.

The Iranian press representative to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Omelchenko’s 2005 Associated Press report, sales occurred between 1999 and 2001. He then stated that the KH-55 has nuclear capabilities and was originally designed for the Russian Tuparev long-range bomber. The KH-55 has a range of 1,864 miles, can carry a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead, and is air-launched.

According to North Korea’s official media, although North Korea’s LACM test on September 13 reached 932 miles, which would pose a threat to Japan and Taiwan, the 1,864-mile range will extend this threat to parts of Taiwan and the Philippines, including Manila. . North Korea is also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Fisher pointed out, “Given that LACM’s production costs are much lower than ballistic missiles, it is surprising that North Korea did not develop them earlier.”

If China and North Korea prioritize nuclear targets targeting the continental United States, this may explain the initial focus on ballistic missiles, which can carry larger payloads, including relatively primitive nuclear weapons.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Li Xuezhu, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan met during Kim Jong Un’s informal visit to Beijing, China. This photo was released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). ) Pyongyang, March 28, 2018. (KCNA/via Reuters)

Cruise missiles can be launched from a variety of platforms, including not only the air, but also submarines and launchers hidden in containers. If nuclear weapons can be miniaturized to fit cruise missiles, this will provide North Korea with many other ways to ship nuclear weapons to the continental United States. They also need to be modified to install them for submarine launches.

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“North Korea’s LACM needs some modifications to the air intake to make it compatible with submarine launches, but this will happen soon,” Fisher wrote. “But as it is, North Korean LACM can be stored and launched from a container, making it a potential global military and terrorist threat.”

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Middlebury Institute of International Studies statement On Twitter, “Medium-range land-attack cruise missiles are a very important capability for North Korea. This is another system designed to fly under or around missile defense radars.”

Military aerospace expert Thomas Newdick reported on September 13 that the tail of North Korea’s new cruise missile is similar to the KH-55. The term “strategy” used by North Korea to describe missiles usually means nuclear capabilities.

Ankit Panda, Senior Researcher, Carnegie Foundation for International Peace famous Said on Twitter, “This will be North Korea’s first cruise missile system with a’strategic’ role.”

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) issued a statement saying: “We are aware of reports of cruise missile launches by North Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult closely with our allies and partners. This activity highlights North Korea’s continued focus on its development. Military plans and threats to its neighbors and the international community. U.S. commitment to Korean national defense [South Korea] And Japan is still ironclad. “

In response to the cruise missile test on September 13, Japan and South Korea stated that they are coordinating with each other and the United States. The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan stated that his government was “concerned” by reports of North Korean missile launches. South Korea said it is analyzing new military threats.

The Biden administration’s special representative for North Korea said on Tuesday that “the United States is not hostile to the country”. He said that Washington hopes that North Korea will “actively respond to our unconditionally satisfied multiple proposals.”

The Japanese Prime Minister described North Korea’s September 15 ballistic missile test as a threat to peace and “outrageous.”

Anders Cole

Anders Corr holds a bachelor/master degree in political science from Yale University (2001) and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2008). He is the head of Corr Analytics Inc., the publisher of “Political Risk Magazine”, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. He wrote “Concentration of Power” (to be published in 2021) and “Prohibition of Intrusion”, and edited “Great Power, Grand Strategy”.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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