North Korea Preparing To Test Largest ICBM Yet, Defector Warns

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Tue, 01/02/2018

Despite a deluge of media reports warning that North Korea was planning to commemorate its October anniversary of the founding of the country’s ruling party with a missile test or – possibly – a nuclear blast, the date passed in relative obscurity.

But don’t expect a repeat of this year’s calm when the hermit kingdom celebrates its seventieth anniversary in October 2018. This time around, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly already hoping to test a new missile that will be the largest in the rouge regime’s arsenal, according to a defector who is reportedly familiar with the country’s missile program.

The report comes a day after Kim Jong Un warned that North Korea would soon begin mass producing nuclear weapons, and urged South Korea to join it for a much-needed dialogue ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

According to the New York Times, Kim’s call for dialogue is part of a strategy to damage relations between South Korea’s liberal president Moon Jae-in. One Russian official said Tuesday morning that high-level talks between the two leaders could significantly deescalate tensions on the peninsula.

Meanwhile, Kim warned the US that “a nuclear launch button is never far from his desk.”

Here’s the Telegraph:

Kim Jong-un has ordered North Korean scientists to construct a missile that will be the largest in the regime’s arsenal and to have it ready to be launched on September 9, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the republic, according to a defector.

His account suggests the North Korean leader issued the order at a two-day meeting of senior military leaders and scientists in Pyongyang in mid-December.

The defector has not been named, but was described by Japan’s Mainichi newspaper, as someone who was involved in the regime’s missile programme and has retained links to contacts in the North.

He told the newspaper the missile will be designated the Unha-4 and will be a larger version of the Unha-3, a three-stage vehicle which North Korea claims is a rocket designed to put satellites into orbit.

An Unha-3 was successfully launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, in the far north-west of the country, in February 2016. The rocket is believed to have placed a small satellite in orbit, but experts have been unable to detect any transmissions from the satellite. North Korea insists it has the sovereign right to operate rockets and satellites, although the United Nations Security Council has condemned Unha-class rocket launches on the grounds that the vehicles are essentially modified long-range missiles and that the North is using the tests to advance its inter-continental strike capabilities, the Telegraph reported.

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