Diplomacy backed by military power is needed to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear development, the head of the USA military's Pacific Command said on Thursday. The Nov. 5 satellite images showed "two larger circular objects" that could be used for a pressure hull on a submarine.
The images corroborated the fact that the US military intelligence was suspecting since the end of October - that a new diesel-electric submarine under construction in North Korea's shipyard.
According to 38 North, the presence of what appeared to be sections of a submarine's pressure hull in the yards suggests a new submarine was being built - possibly a SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB), the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine (SSBA).
The newly released images taken on November 05, 2017, shows increased activity at North Korea's Sinpo South Shipyard, and it reportedly indicates that Kim Jong-un and his nation is preparing for a possible World War 3.
There were signs the country was continuing to develop submarine launch ballistic missiles, a new ballistic missile submarine, or a combination, 38 North said.
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The findings, which were posted on the website Thursday, also noted a probable launch canister at the missile test stand, suggesting ongoing ejection testing.
Speculations of the ballistic submarine construction have been under scrutiny by USA intelligence in recent weeks, according to a report by The Diplomat.
However, the report said no activity could be seen suggesting preparations for a new test of a submarine-launched missile.
"Clearly, while diplomacy must be the main effort with North Korea, it has to be diplomacy backed by credible military power", Harris said at the beginning of his meeting with Onodera.
U.S. President Donald Trump visited China this month seeking its help to rein in North Korea and a senior Chinese diplomat will visit the North from Friday.
In recent months, it has fired two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test, stoking regional tension.
From Japan, Trump had travelled to Seoul, where he had harshly condemned the North Korean regime in a speech at the South Korean National Assembly and underlined the strategic positioning of military assets in the region.