Islam Times 11 Apr 2021 122021000000Sun, 11 Apr 2021 12:08:51 +0430 12:08 -------------------------------------------------- Title : S. Korea, US Assess N. Korea Has Completed Building New 3,000-Ton Submarine: Sources -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - South Korean and US intelligence authorities believe North Korea is ready to roll out a new 3,000-ton submarine, only waiting for the right timing, sources said Sunday. Text : The assessment comes after a US think tank said the North has moved a submersible missile test barge at its missile test site to a different position, possibly indicating an upcoming test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). "Both South Korea and US intelligence authorities made the assessment that North Korea has already finished building the 3,000-ton submarine unveiled in July 2019," according to sources. "The authorities assess that North Korea is reviewing the right timing to roll out the submarine for a strategic effect, including maximizing pressure against the United States," a source said, Yonhap news agency reported. The source added that the North could reveal the submarine at a launching ceremony and actually roll out an SLBM, such as the Pukguksong-3. Last month, 38 North, a US website monitoring North Korea, reported that a dry dock at the North s Sinpo shipyard on its east coast has recently been repositioned along the submarine launch quay, saying the move could indicate that the North s new ballistic missile submarine "may be nearing completion or is ready to be rolled out and launched in the near future." Beyond Parallel, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, also revealed last week that the North has moved a submersible missile test stand barge at a shipyard on its east coast, citing satellite imagery. The think tank said the movement could indicate preparations for a forthcoming SLBM test or the launching of its "long-anticipated first true ballistic missile submarine (SSB)."