South Korea think tank proposes acquiring nuclear-powered submarines

South Korea think tank proposes acquiring nuclear-powered submarines 

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A South Korean think tank is proposing Seoul retain nuclear-powered submarines in response to North Korea's sub-launched ballistic missile provocations.

The Yeouido Research Institute, an organization affiliated with South Korea's ruling Saenuri party, stated nuclear submarines could be used to deter Pyongyang's submarine-launched ballistic missiles, local newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported Thursday.

The think tank's recommendation of "strengthening anti-submarine warfare capabilities" follows a North Korea SLBM launch, most recently on Aug. 24.

"So far surveillance of North Korea submarines has been conducted by reconnaissance satellite, but because real-time tracking is difficult, in order to detect and destroy [North Korean incursions] a careful review of the need for nuclear submarine ownership is necessary," the think tank said in its statement.