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N. Korea claims its submarines are being tracked by the U.S. Navy

All Headlines 19:15 September 03, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed Saturday that its submarines have been tracked by U.S. Navy since last year.

In an interview with the North's Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman for the country's foreign ministry said there have been reports that U.S. nuclear-powered submarines have been secretly following the North's subs.

"The U.S. military is neither confirming nor denying the reports, but the reports say it is an undeniable fact that the U.S. is tracking our submarines and gathering information," the official was quoted as saying.

The unidentified spokesman also claimed that the U.S. Navy has been operating its submarines in waters around the Korean Peninsula to keep an eye on China and Russia.

"There is no guarantee that should a clash arise between the strategic submarines of nuclear powers in the area, this will not escalate to a nuclear war," he said. "We are prepared to deal with any form of war the U.S. wants. The U.S. will have to take full responsibility for the resulting catastrophic consequences."

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