North Korea is supposedly readying two intercontinental ballistic missiles” to “nuke” Donald’s Trump inauguration, in what will actually be a testing of their new missiles.
Military officials say “the rogue state wants to send a “strategic message” to the incoming US president by timing launches to ruin his big day on Saturday.”
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the reports could not be confirmed, but according to news reports in South Korea, two missiles have already been placed on mobile launchers. According to the report, “The devices “are estimated to not exceed 15m [49 feet] in length, making them shorter than the North’s existing ICBMs.”
Military experts predicted that “Any test would only involve a missile with a range of under 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles), less than half the usual ICBM range of 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles).”
Andrei Lankov, a professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University, told CNN, “An ICBM test in the coming days is “highly plausible.”
Lankov also said that North Korea likes to “greet a newly elected American president with some kind of nice surprise like a nuclear (test) or missile launch and because President-elect Trump tweeted that “it won’t happen,” such a launch could be seen as a serious humiliation for (the US).”
The news comes as satellite imagery shows increased activity at a major North Korean nuclear site, according to a new report.
US-based monitoring project 38North said evidence suggested Pyongyang may also be preparing to resume operations at a plutonium production reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of the capital.
“Stepped-up activities throughout the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicate that it is operating at a level somewhat above what has been observed during the past five years,” the report said.
“The exact implications of that activity remain unclear except to reaffirm that the Yongbyon facility remains the center of North Korea’s nuclear program.”
According to a U.S. Government report, “Plutonium from the Yongbyon reactor is believed to have been used in North Korea’s nuclear weapons tests.” Traditional nuclear weapons use plutonium or uranium as their main fuel.
This new threat comes after it was revealed that Kim Jong Un’s military will have nuclear warheads capable of striking US territory within a year.
According to 38North, his Musudan missiles — with a range of 5,600 kilometers (3,480 miles) — will be ready within a year.
North Korea caused international uproar after conducting its fourth nuclear test in January and a fifth in September.
The US has announced it will deploy its state-of-the-art THAAD advanced missile-defense system in South Korea in eight to 10 months to combat the threat from the North. Trump has vowed to tackle the North Korea “problem” once in power.
Trump tweeted last month, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!”
Trump either means that he doesn’t believe North Korea capable of developing a reliable ICBM, or that the US would prevent it from happening.
H/T: NY Post