South Korea is developing nuclear submarines media reports U.S. may acquiesce
data for: South Korean Navy 214 conventional submarines at sea cruise
newspaper correspondent Liu Yong Yuan
provided by the British nuclear fuel needed to lift the U.S. ban
“security” ship after the incident, South Korean Navy decided to abandon the “Ocean Navy” slogan, but did not stop the pace towards the ocean. South Korea “North Korea issue,” October Road exclusive disclosure, the South Korean Navy is pushing the nuclear submarine construction project, Lee said the government intends to buy the British nuclear submarine with nuclear fuel, while the British government gave a more positive response. Korean media cheered, the dream is lost by the ocean navy nuclear submarine back.
“issue of the DPRK,” said April 2, Lee attend G20 summit in London with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown discuss the purchase nuclear fuel from the United Kingdom. Brown’s verbal commitment, willing to supply 20% of the concentration of uranium enrichment and reprocessing technology. According to reports, the nuclear power plant’s uranium concentration of 0.7% -5%, nuclear submarine fuel typically used uranium concentration of 20% -90%, and nuclear weapons-grade uranium concentration is even higher. This clearly shows that Korea’s intention to build nuclear submarines. The article said, South Korea ready to develop a nuclear submarine of 3,000 tons of attack submarines, are not strategic nuclear submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles.
South Korean diplomatic sources, South Korean academic community and the Navy has repeatedly said the United States to develop nuclear technology and nuclear submarines very different, so the Lee Myung-bak administration took office as ROK-US alliance have been restored, the United States may acquiesce South Korea to build nuclear submarines.
reported that South Korean military experts believe that South Korea has the ability to build nuclear submarines. Worked in a naval shipbuilding company in Korea, said retired Major General, taking into account the construction of “Zhangbaogao” class conventional submarines achievements, if part of the technology introduced from abroad, South Korea is fully capable of independent construction of nuclear submarines. Former director of the Korean National Fusion Research Institute, said Ren Xin set, to build nuclear submarines with nuclear reactors, there is no technical problem. South Korea’s Defense Advanced Promotion Committee Jintai You say, North Korea relies on nuclear weapons, U.S. nuclear umbrella and nuclear deterrence are difficult to play, so South Korea is necessary to develop nuclear submarines.
South Korean media have repeatedly had disclosed the news to build nuclear submarines. Korea’s first nuclear submarine built the idea of ??initiation in 1994, when the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis in a period of tension, when President Kim Young Sam, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute scientists indicate the construction of nuclear submarine reactors. In the same year South Korea get nuclear submarines from Russia, design, design a nuclear submarine reactors. After Kim also instructed the Defense Research Institute Korea nuclear submarine with weapons systems development. But Kim Dae-jung took office, the nuclear submarine program full interrupt. To the Roh Moo-hyun administration, the first South Korean media reports published by the progress of nuclear submarines. South Korea, “Chosun Ilbo” in 2005 revealed that South Korea’s Ministry of Defense and the Navy in May 2003 began actively preparing for independent work to build nuclear submarines, in June to establish a team of more than 30 experts to promote the specific design and construction. The original plan, Korea will be completed in 2006 the concept of submarine design, construction started in 2007, entered service in 2012, and the number of 2-3 year intervals to deploy nuclear submarines. The 4,000-ton, a small atomic reactor-powered submarine will be equipped with the new Korean-made cruise missiles and submarine-to-ground anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, etc., to have strategic strike capability.
The South Korean experts on the technology with confidence, but analysts pointed out that the Korean nuclear submarine technology threshold is high. First, Korea is still stuck in the incoming Assembly – self-imitation stage, there is no independent overall submarine design and manufacturing experience in the short term do not have the power directly into the conventional nuclear power across conditions. The core technology in the nuclear submarine nuclear propulsion system — the field, South Korea currently has a large-scale civilian nuclear power system, the international industry that already has laboratory-scale uranium enrichment capability, but as a purely military purpose boat with nuclear reactor technology, small, the complexity of special circumstances, requires far more than the civilian security standards. In addition, South Korea’s civilian nuclear reactor technology is not yet one hundred percent the localized part of the core technology is still dependent on the United States. In addition to technical clearance, the news that South Korea Niuxi Si, South Korea develop nuclear submarines need across the United States, neighboring countries and funding three threshold. According to Korea in 1974, concluded, “Korea-US Nuclear Agreement,” South Korea and nuclear-related activities all need to go through the United States agreed. But the South Korean military officials believe that a similar nuclear power plants as nuclear submarines using low-enriched nuclear fuel, the submarine does not violate the Declaration on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
the development of nuclear submarines for South Korea do not regret silly reason, that the South Korean military experts Jinbing Ji, compared with conventional submarines, submarine combat underwater longer, but also covert and attack more. Submarine can escape the enemy pre-emptive blow, as retaliation against the platform. In the long run, will help South Korea deal with China, Japan and North Korea’s military threat. To be sure, if South Korea has successfully developed nuclear submarines, the history of weapons development in South Korea will be following during the Park Chung-hee’s nuclear development program, the most interesting projects, will lead the Northeast runner-up “prepared by the changes in the crust.”
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