Concerns are growing over North Korea’s pursuit of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which, if fully developed, could pose a serious security threat that may not be countered by the current capabilities of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

Various reports and intelligence based on satellite imagery have suggested that the North has been testing launching systems on ground-based facilities to apparently mount them on submarines or naval vessels.

Experts expressed doubts about the North’s submarine capability, saying that the North had yet to reach the technological level to mount ballistic missiles on its submarines. But they said the SLBM in the hands of the unpredictable regime would be of grave concern.

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