N.Korea says it launched a 'tactical nuclear attack submarine'

North Korea says the country has launched a newly-built "tactical nuclear attack submarine."

The ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Friday that the submarine's launching ceremony was held on Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was reportedly present at the event.

The paper also said the submarine's test run was conducted on Thursday.

In July 2019, Kim inspected a submarine under construction designed to carry out operations in the Sea of Japan. South Korean forces have said that it could carry three submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs.

The submarine launched on Wednesday could be the one Kim had inspected in 2019.

Kim reportedly said in a speech at the launching ceremony that the submarine is capable of carrying a large amount of nuclear arms with extraordinary power and launching preemptive and retaliatory attacks.

He called it a core means of underwater attack and also expressed his intention to accelerate development of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine.

North Korea apparently intends to boost the country's prestige ahead of the 75th anniversary of the nation's founding on Saturday. The North is also believed to be demonstrating its stance to promote the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to its naval forces to counter the United States and other countries.