New reports that suggest North Korea has moved an intercontinental ballistic missile under the cover of darkness towards the country’s west coast emerged Tuesday morning. The report comes from Asia Business Daily, whose sources say the rocket began its move on Monday night in order to avoid detection.
The report supports comments made by South Korea’s Defense Ministry who, on Monday, said Pyongyang appeared to be planning a future launch.
An official with South Korea’s Defense Ministry told lawmakers that Seoul was seeing preparations in the North for an ICBM test but didn’t provide details about how officials had reached that assessment, according to a report on Monday in Fox News.
The South Korean military and Fox News could not immediately confirm the report.
Meanwhile, on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley asked the body’s Security Council to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea in response to the rogue nation’s most recent nuclear test, saying “the time for half measures … is over.”
North Korea is “begging for war,” said Haley. “The time for half measures by the Security Council is over.”
President Trump condemned the test in the strongest terms, tweeting out on Sunday: “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”
The precise strength of the North’s underground nuclear explosion has yet to be determined. South Korea’s weather agency said the artificial earthquake caused by the explosion was five to six times stronger than tremors generated by the North’s previous five tests.
Sunday’s detonation builds on recent North Korean advances that include test launches in July of two ICBMs. The North says its missile development is part of a defensive effort to build a viable nuclear deterrent that can target U.S. cities.
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