The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) revealed in a report presented to lawmakers on 10 October that it has been running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported the same day.
South Korea's Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Sim Seung-seob was quoted by the media outlet as saying that a nuclear-powered submarine "is deemed most effective in detecting and destroying North Korea's subs armed with submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), as it is capable of carrying out operations underwater for a longer period of time".
"We recognise the usefulness and the necessity of a nuclear-powered submarine because it is a useful deterrent force in responding to North Korea and neighbouring countries at the same time," he added.
That said, an unnamed RoKN officer was quoted by Yonhap as saying that operating the task force "does not mean that the navy is pushing for related projects in earnest, as nothing has been decided. It is mainly collecting information regarding the matter".
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