North Korea Preparing for Another Missile Test, Indicates US Intelligence

North Korean leader Kim Jong

If tested, this would be North Korea’s first test since the test of nuclear-capable missile Hwasong-14 on July 4 which created much tension within the United States.

Washington, July 21: North Korea may be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or intermediate range missile test, US intelligence sources told CNN on Thursday. A few administration officials, who viewed satellite imagery and studied North Korean radar emissions, said that there was an indication of test preparations and the country could test missile in next two weeks. If tested, this would be North Korea’s first test since the test of nuclear-capable missile Hwasong-14 on July 4 which created much tension within the United States.

Shea Cotton, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said that North Korea has launched on average, one missile every 14 days during 2017. According to the reports, although North Korea’s development of an ICBM is a huge milestone, it has a long way to go before perfecting missiles. (Also Read: US to Test THAAD Missile as Donald Trump Vows to Confront North Korea ‘Very Strongly’)

“I am reasonably confident in the ability of our intelligence community to monitor the testing but not the deployment of these missile systems,” Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Kim Jong Un and his forces are very good at camouflage, concealment, and deception,” Selva said adding that “Pyongyang has yet to demonstrate the capacity to strike the United States with any degree of accuracy or reasonable confidence of success.”

US officials have said that North Korea is continuing to launch components to launch a missile, but the US intelligence says that the program still remains in early stages. Two defence officials also said that they spotted North Korean submarine in international waters, engaging in “unusual activities”.

When asked about a possible US military strike, Selva said, “I think we have to entertain that potential option. That would be a policy choice by the President of the United States to execute or not execute that option.” However, Defense Secretary James Mattis has warned against letting North Korean so much that there’s a need for a US military strike.

Source: India


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