W. R. (Bill) Collier- Yonhap News agency is reporting that 50 of North Korea’s submarines have surged into the waters surrounding the “hermit kingdom” and their location is unknown at this time. As the submarines are conventional and older, it is possible that sensors are already at work trying to detect the submarines, however if the vessels are on battery power and have extended range batteries, detection without active means would prove difficult.
UPDATE– talks have now, as of the 24th at mid-day in Korea, resumed between the two sides, and they include South Korean National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin, South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, Kim Yang-gon, the top North Korean official in charge of inter-Korean affairs, and Hwang Pyong-so. Hong Yong-pyo is known to be close confidant of Kim Jong-on, and so analysts inside Korea are hopeful for a de-escalation, however there is still not word on the missing submarines which have surged.
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