[Ed. – This is not good — although the current speculation is that the North Korean sub sank. But North Korea has gotten up to serious skulduggery in the past during these exercises. There’s room for concern.]
A North Korean submarine is missing, reports said on Saturday, as the reclusive state issued a fresh threat of retaliation against US and South Korean forces involved in joint military drills.
The unknown class of vessel had been reportedly operating off the North Korean coast earlier in the week when it disappeared.
A South Korean defence ministry told AFP Seoul was investigating the reports. Pentagon officials declined to comment on the matter.
The US military had been observing the submarine off the North’s eastern coast, CNN said, citing three US officials familiar with the incident. …
The US is unsure if the missing vessel is adrift or whether it has sunk, CNN reported, but officials believe it suffered a failure during an exercise.