North Korea crisis: US on alert for imminent military test – surveillance flights launched

Sunday, October 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

NORTH Korea are feared to be testing a ballistic missile capable of striking the west coast of America, prompting South Korea and the US to step up surveillance of the regime.

Sun, Oct 8, 2017

Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov warned on Friday that Pyongyang was preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US West Coast “in the near future.”

Mr Morozov, who was among three Russian members of parliament visiting Pyongyang earlier this month to discuss a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, said: “North Korea are preparing for new test of a longer-range missile.

“They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe that their missile will be capable of hitting the west coast of the United States.

“As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent.”

A Seoul military official hit back at Mr Morozov’s claims, insisting there is no sign that North Korea’s provocation is impending but there are nonetheless movements.

The official said: “Some movements have been continuously detected from the North’s missile facilities and bases.

“We are maintaining the heightened reconnaissance and preparedness poster.”

US Forces (USFK) has enhanced surveillance operations with U-2S ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft, as well as surveillance with RC-800 and RF-16 reconnaissance planes, E-737 airborne earl warning control aircraft, and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft.

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