Nuclear-armed Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners. Photo: AFP

Is North Korea’s new submarine ballistic missile a threat to US?

  • Military experts say the missile is not a significant threat as it would be reliant on a submarine that uses technology from decades ago
  • The North’s submarine-based missile ambitions may be more about politics and having a bargaining chip in talks with the US, says analyst
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Nuclear-armed Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners. Photo: AFP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.