“Highly unusual and unprecedented levels” is how defense officials described North Korea’s submarine activity to CNN on Monday. The officials also acknowledged the evidence of an “ejection test,” according to the report.
An ejection test is an assessment component of North Korea’s missile capabilities, and this latest action comes less than a week after a North Korean missile possibly landed within 230 miles of the Japanese coastline.
In the latest report from CNN, U.S. officials reference North Korean submarines operating in both the Yellow Sea as well as near Japan’s coast, with the latter remaining in the region for about a week.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he and President Donald Trump have agreed to take further action regarding North Korea, according to Bloomberg.
“We have made consistent efforts to resolve the North Korean problem in a peaceful manner, but North Korea has ignored that entirely and escalated the situation in a one-sided way.”
The Japanese leader also called on China and Russia to do more to combat the rogue state.
Following a meeting with his full cabinet on Monday, Trump told reporters, “We will handle North Korea. We are gonna be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything.”
However, the president did not release any details about the U.S.’s further strategy in the region.