North Korea preparing to launch ‘NEW missile capable of reaching US within DAYS’

Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

NORTH Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the US in the coming days, according to a South Korean government source.

By Joshua Nevett
DailyStar.co.uk
14th October 2017

The communist nation is planning to fire the missile before the US and South Korea carry out joint navy drills, the official said.

A strike force of US warships are sailing towards the Korean peninsula today amid fears Kim Jong-un may fire another rocket.

The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, will lead the drills, which are taking place next week, the US Navy said.

North Korea is already furious with the US for holding a series of provocative military drills in the region this week.

Two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers carried out mock missile attacks on targets as part of the exercises.

North Korea’s regime reacted angrily, threatening to attack the US territory of Guam with a “salvo of missiles”.

Now South Korea believe Kim is gearing up for to launch a missile capable of reaching the US mainland, an official told the The Dong-A Ilbo newspaper.

Analysis of satellite images shows ballistic missiles mounted on launchers are being moved out of hangers near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the source said.

This could mean North Korea is preparing to fire its Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles, the official said.

North Korea has previously tested both missiles, which have the range to reach US territories.

But another possibility is that North Korea preparing to test a new Hwasong-13 ICBM with a longer maximum range, the source said.

A spokesperson for the ministry of defence said: “We don’t comment on any matters of military intelligence”.

But added: “We are keeping a close watch over the North.”

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