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S Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine

AFP  |  Seoul 

launched its first ever missile-capable attack on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North.

The USD 700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years.

It represented a "leap forward in the country's" defence industry, Moon Jae-in told a launch ceremony at the Daewoo shipyard where it was designed and built.

"Peace through power is the unwavering security strategy of this government." Moon will head to next week for a third summit with the North's Kim Jong Un, as US-led efforts to persuade to give up its nuclear weapons have stalled.

"We have set off on a grand journey toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula," Moon said.

"But peace is not given gratuitously," he added.

The new is fitted with six vertical launch tubes and features indigenous sonar and

Aside from the new vessels, has an existing fleet of 18 smaller submarines, all built in co-operation with

According to the defence ministry, the North has 70 ageing submarines and submersibles, and agency reported that it has also developed a new 2,500-tonne submarine fitted with a vertical launch system.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 15:35 IST