Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that North Korea has agreed to supply four mini-submarines to Iran by mid-July (Kyodo, 4 July). The agreement to deliver to Iran the four mini-submarines were reached in Tehran during the visit in May of North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong II, Kyodo reported.
Next week’s delivery of the four mini-submarines is expected to raise tensions in the Persian Gulf. Iran will use the small but powerful submarines in the narrow Strait of Hormuz. They could pose threats to the transiting oil tankers and to US ships deployed in the area.