The Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says North Korea continues to pose threats to Washington and its allies, adding the U.S. will continue to work with its allies to denuclearize the regime through diplomacy.
Admiral Charles Richard said in a written statement submitted to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the regime continues to engage in activities that threaten regional stability and defy international norms.
He added the regime has tested ICBMs designed to strike any part of the continental United States.
The commander of U.S. Space Command, General James Dickinson, also testified that the North's cyberattack capabilities pose threats to U.S. space operations.
He stressed Washington needs to invest and develop its own capabilities to counter such threats.
Against this backdrop, a Washington-based think tank says the North is continuing to work on a submersible missile test stand barge at its Nampo shipyard, which could be part of preparations for a ballistic missile test.
Referring to satellite imagery taken this month, Beyond Parallel, a project run by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies explained the regime has positioned a cylindrical object on a test barge, which could be a launch tube for a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
However, the think tank added that this is an assumption as nothing can be confirmed based on available images.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.