North Korean Submarine is Missing in the EastSea
David Lee, March 14, 2016, 8:58 a.m.
A small North Korean submarine seems to have gone missing in the East Sea, CNN reported Saturday. The missing vessel is reportedly a 21 m-long Salmon-class sub that can carry two crew and a squad of commandos. It is the same kind that is presumed to have torpedoed the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in 2010.
The North has about 70 mostly superannuated diesel submarines. CNN quoted U.S. officials as saying that "the U.S. spy satellites, aircraft and ships have been secretly watching for days as the North Korean navy searched for the missing sub." The U.S. believes that the sub broke down during an exercise and is adrift or has sunk, a spokesman said.