North Korea Trending

North Korea declares no-sail zone in possible indication of missile launch

Yonhap News
Written by Yonhap News

North Korea has recently declared a no-navigation zone in the waters near its eastern coastal city of Wonsan, a possible indication that the country could test-launch a missile in the area, sources said Sunday.

“North Korea declared the no-sail zone in the East Sea area near Wonsan, Gangwon Province, effective from Nov. 11 to the 7th of next month,” a government source said. “It is a vast area of the sea, so we are closely watching whether the North will launch a Scud or a new type of ballistic missile.”

   Other sources said the test launch could involve a new type of missile that separates into several sub-missiles at a high altitude, a missile technology owned by the North.

“It is also possible they could fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during the no-navigation period,” another source said.

Recent satellite images showed the North is preparing for another test of a SLBM, having installed a vertical launch tube at its Sinpo dockyard on the east coast.

Since its land mine and shelling provocations in August, the North has declared no-sail zones in the East Sea each month and deployed ship-to-ship missiles and 300-millimeter multiple rocket launchers on the shore, although it did not go ahead with any firing, the sources added.

About the author

Yonhap News

Yonhap News

Yonhap News is South Korea's largest news agency based in Seoul.

Click here not to show this pop-up box again.