The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea does not have the ability to strike the United States with “any degree of accuracy”.
North Korea leader Kim Jung Un applauds after the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4. Picture: AP
SATELLITE and signals intelligence suggests North Korea is on the brink of test firing another intercontinental ballistic missile.
CNN cites two US intelligence sources as saying North Korean radar emissions are following patterns previously associated with test launches, and satellite photos reveal the positioning of launch equipment.
This indicates a launch is likely within the next two weeks, it reports.
This fits North Korea pace of tests so far this year, recording one launch every 14 days.
The last launch, on July 4, was its most successful yet.
It demonstrated it possessed a missile capable of spanning intercontinental distances.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, inspects the preparation of the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Picture: Korean Central News Agency / APSource:AP
Experts estimated it could reach Alaska and Darwin from its North Korean launch site.
“I am reasonably confident in the ability of our intelligence community to monitor the testing but not the deployment of these missile systems,” US Air Force General Paul Selva told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week..
“Kim Jong Un and his forces are very good at camouflage, concealment, and deception.”
He was warning that once North Korea’s nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles become fully operational, they will be hard to keep track of.
The CNN report says work is also continuing on adapting North Koreas submarines as ballistic launch vessels, although this remains at an early phase of development.
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