22:07 GMT +323 June 2017
Live
    This is a TV copy of North Korea's submarine which was found stranded on a reef off Kangnung (file)

    Seoul Loses Track of Over 50 N Korean Subs Allegedly Headed for Operations

    © AP Photo/ TV copy
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    13142231

    The South Korean military cannot locate over 50 North Korean submarines which have allegedly set sail from their bases in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan.

    "Seventy percent of North Korea's submarines left their bases, and their locations are not confirmed," a South Korean military source was quoted as saying by Yonhap.

    North Korea is known to have a fleet of around 70 submarines.

    Earlier, it was reported that the North has also doubled the number of its artillery forces along the border, near the demilitarized zone.

    The news came just a day the conflicting neighbors held the first round of high-level talks to reduce tensions that escalated earlier this week. Earlier in the day, local media reported that Seoul and Pyongyang would continue the high-level talks later Sunday.

    The tensions on the Korean peninsula escalated on Thursday, as North Korea reportedly fired shells at a South Korean military base across the demilitarized zone. Seoul was quick to retaliate with dozens of heavy artillery rounds.

    Related:

    Seoul Claims Pyongyang Doubles Artillery Near South Korea
    South, North Korea to Resume High-Level Talks to Ease Tensions on Sunday
    US, South Korean Jets Stage Simulated Bombing Amid Tensions With N Korea
    South Korea, US Agree to Launch Retaliatory Attacks on North Korea
    Tags:
    South Korea, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), talks, military, conflict
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment