SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after what the United States described as the “fiery, catastrophic” failure of the first attempt.
North Korea’s first attempt to test launch a new intermediate-range missile last week failed after the Musudan blew up shortly after launch, causing a huge fireball that damaged the mobile launcher, according to American defense officials.
Kiev, Ukraine—Ballistic missile and short-range rocket launches, test detonations of low-yield nuclear devices, and regular outbursts of violent anti-U.S. rhetoric have become almost regular occurrences in North Korea. Specialists on North Korea who spoke with the Washington Free Beacon said that the impetus for these provocations is the upcoming Seventh Party Congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, which will take place in May.
North Korea may be gearing up to launch a mobile ballistic missile that officials say could have the capability to strike U.S. territory, intelligence satellites have indicated.
North Korea has officially blocked western websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in its latest effort to stunt the spread of information online.
North Korea has developed a new long-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that the Pentagon says moves the country’s leader Kim Jong Un closer to the goal of building missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear warheads.
North Korea conducted a ground-test last week of its new KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, defense officials said.
North Korea is continuing to develop submarine-launch ballistic missile systems, satellite imagery published Thursday suggested.
Escalating threats from North Korea’s communist regime are indicators of a future military attack or another nuclear test in the coming days, according to a recent U.S. intelligence assessment.