North Korea Warns Of ICBM Launch "At Any Time, Anywhere"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year’s message that preparations for a test-launch of ICBMs were in the 'final stage', and president-elect Trump's response "it won't happen!" a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned, as cited by KCNA news agency, "the ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK."


Pyongyang aims to develop a nuclear warhead placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the US by the end of 2017 or early 2018, a former N. Korean diplomat told RT.

“North Korea has set the goal of developing miniaturized nuclear weapons that can fit atop a missile capable of reaching the US by the end of 2017 or early 2018 as it takes into account political transitions in South Korea and the US,” Thae Yong-ho, former North Korean diplomat who defected in July and currently lives in London, told Yonhap.

President-Elect Trump seems confident it is unlikely...

But as Thae, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom prior to defecting with his wife and two sons to South Korea in 2016, added, a lot will depend on Seoul and Washington's response.

“Kim's message indicates that North Korea has completed the development of mid-range missiles with only [tests of] ICBMs being left. It throws questions to Seoul and Washington over what they will do,” Thae said.

nd just tonight, South Korea's Yonhap news reports that North Korea claimed it could test launch an ICBM at any time from any location.

“The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea],” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, as cited by KCNA news agency.

As a reminder, we warned that while last year's failure of North Korea’s missile tests reaffirms the deficiencies of its ballistic and nuclear programs, it perversely, also increases the risk of an imminent greater destabilizing behavior.

Lastly, we noted that ChannelNewsAsia reports tonight of increasing fears around how Trump will deal with North Korea...

This huge uncertainty has some observers in China, a staunch ally of North Korea, worried.


Said Zhao Tong, an associate in Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy: “Trump is also very well-known for making quick decisions, and there is a danger there because if Trump sees that North Korea is about to launch a long-range or intercontinental range ballistic missile test, he might very well go ahead and order a pre-emptive strike to take out the missile on the launch pad, and that could prove to be very provocative and may even lead to a regional conflict.”


Experts have said North Korea may conduct new nuclear and missile tests early 2017, when Mr Trump officially assumes power, just as what it did when President Barack Obama took office. And if that happens, it may just be what it would take to clear up the confusion over Mr Trump's policy on North Korea.

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knukles's picture

Where'd all the crazy people come from?


Jesus, 'ole Kimbo can't even afford matching flat screens.

Fly the Big Long Dong into a Walmart asap to score some new screens for the propaganda pics, please. 

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) SILVERGEDDON Jan 8, 2017 6:54 PM

Those N Koreans  just play with themselves and their toys to tell the world to leave them be.

For us whites across western world, crazy Africans (read MUSLIMS) are more REAL that N Korean threats

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) bamawatson Jan 8, 2017 7:46 PM

What if it just goes straight up then comes straight back down and explodes?

lakecity55's picture

Why, Nork Atomic Bomb brand Bottle Rockets!

Md4's picture


With the record they have on rockets, the Kimchee might just vaporize themselves...

JusticeTBuford's picture

Michael Moore lose a brother at birth?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) JusticeTBuford Jan 8, 2017 7:05 PM

Please don't insult Kim Jong Un


He's the Putin of N Korea. And by the look of it, he's trying the Viking(TV series) haircut . Or the show plagiarized him. :O

Arnold's picture

Today is Kim Jung un's birthday.


Perhaps one of you guys  can work up a good horrorscope.

In the meantime.....

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Arnold Jan 8, 2017 7:02 PM

What about TRUMPS horoscope for the month:

If you've been waiting to hear news about a loan or mortgage application, expect correspondence after January 8 once Mercury starts moving direct again. You might have dealt with missing or incomplete paperwork or even vital financial documents that were lost in the mail. Thankfully, this all begins to get resolved by the middle of the month. Your career prospects are quite harmonious in January thanks to Venus moving to the top of your chart on January 3. She'll remain there until February 3 and during this time you can expect to feel quite valued and appreciated by higher-ups. Even so, you may not see this translate into more money -- at least not right away.


In fact, financial news might be frustrating near the Full Moon on January 12. A source of income might end, but it's also possible that you'll have a difficult expense to figure out. Fortunately, this doesn't impact your career, and you will be in a position to at least have a conversation with your boss. He or she is likely to be sympathetic to your situation, and if a raise cannot be offered this month, there is likely to be the promise of one down the road. You might decide to go back to school to earn a certification or license after the New Moon on January 27 in order to make yourself extra marketable. This will be a positive step.

Cynicles's picture

too much to even delve into...and that's merely the second paragraph

- no vote for you 

Wulfkind's picture

As soon as that slant eyed pig pushes the button...." HO LEE FUK.....WEI TU LO !!!   SUM TING WONG!!! "

two hoots's picture

The intelligence community should begin covert operatons inside NK to create,  arm and supply a resistance movement to overthrow and force a regime change.  A few meetings, power point slides, transfer of funds and travel upgrades should be an adequate start.  The next meeting will be scheduled when more funds are required, possibly tomorrow.


Strike Kim with a tactical nuke and at the same moment be droping  food over the rest of the counry with pamplets stating "the future is up to you, we will drop more food or bombs, let your actions guide the results.  The world is awaiting to lift you out of your despair or bury you with it". 

Wulfkind's picture

You mean just like they did with ISIS ?

two hoots's picture

No, that didn't work.  We need to do it the same but different.  We are upgrading our procedures by calling it a different name "2017 Quadrennial Review of Regime Change Procedures".  It has more pictures and we changed the font and used glossy pages. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Simpler to just cut off N.korea from their rubber band suppliers.

bullshit and rice are the only things they produce for themselves.

Buster Cherry's picture

Some great mind thought it would be a good idea to bring all the aircraft carriers home.

lakecity55's picture

Yes, Barry's owners ordered him to, so they could all get wiped out at once.


buzzsaw99's picture

is that owebomber in the background?

McDuff71's picture

...another dangerous nutjob with a big stick ;)) 

CRM114's picture

The US has a habit of invading nutjobs who don't have big sticks, and leaving alone ones who do.

Hardly surprising they all want one, is it?

Shouldn't think KJU wants his hanging filmed on a smartphone or a bayonet up his butt like Saddam and Muammar, does he?

one bad pig's picture

hopefully they can hit san francisco with it, the country would be better off

clinically alive's picture

They're clearly browsing

cheech_wizard's picture

This, above all...

As for hacking into North have to go through China first...

Standard Disclaimer: Didn't you learn this a while back when they claimed North Korea hacked SONY over the movie "The Interview"... Are memories really that short?


buzzsaw99's picture

we should ask our friends the russians for help hacking their systems.

Winston Churchill's picture

Unless the string is really taut,you can't hack their non existant networks.

lakecity55's picture

They are more advanced than that! They build fires on hilltops and relay signals using smoke in long and short puffs.

The smoke puffs are organized on one-time pads, so we can't read them.


Hannibal's picture

and then,...blame the Ruskies

max_leering's picture

what are they watching?... "Family Guy"?

Mahatma Coat's picture

Hillary being carried into her car.

DeathMerchant's picture

That's Ok, Trident subs can be any place, any time, anywhere.

wisehiney's picture

mccain, shrkeli, moore and jong un?

must be freak show night at the ZH Club

Arnold's picture

White Bread passing as a Brotha.

Yen Cross's picture

 You'll  respect my authority- Donald Trump.

  Now the Kabuki Theatre has all its actors[es]

CHoward's picture

Hey Supreme Fat Man - just know one thing.  After the 20th of January -  you won't be dealing with Obama any more.  Beware.

WTFUD's picture

Never have! Obama's just a signatory. They'll be dealing with the same filth MIC who have WMD's trained on them from the South.

Hillarys Server's picture

The PC screen in the photo is blank.

I lip read their Korean and I think they're saying

"Woops, the electricity went out again. I guess we'll have to launch our intercontinental thermonuclear weapon on Washington tomorrow. Hey, anyone want a beer?"

Arnold's picture

That's Pants Tu Lo just back from his infiltration of West Virginia.

Dragon HAwk's picture

That's one High Tech Rice paddy, or is it a drainage basin, hard to tell..

juicy_bananas's picture

China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea's problem, not ours.


Just send Ivanka and Rodman over there.

NoWayJose's picture

I can easily see North Korea launching a missile at the US sometime in the next 10 years - we cannot stop it. I am not sure it would land where they think, nor go Boom. The US could retaliate by launching a bunch of cruise missiles to take out North Korean launch facilities - but this might make Kim angry enough to send troops into the South. And we don't have enough troops to stop them.

Krungle's picture

If we just left South Korea and ignored them then they would not lob any ICBMs across the Pacific. This is one of those preventable problems. I cannot see a single reason the US needs to be in South Korea, nor sanction NK. Make China deal with it. Who the fuck cares if they want to be Commies, or crazy, or whatever? The US can get along without investing billions in defending South Korea. Walk away--if they overrun Seoul then I guess no Kia's or Hyundai's for a while. 

bornlastnight's picture

Are you related to the late British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain?
He had the same attitude as you do when he signed the Munich Pact with Hitler in 1938 allowing Hitler to take over the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia?

I'll bet you voted for Bernie Sanders too.

CRM114's picture

At the international diplomatic level, the US is still at war with NK, since the Korean War ended with an Armistice, not a peace treaty. Walking away at this point would break more treaties and obligations than you can shake a stick at, including UN ones. The US would need to extract itself diplomatically first, and Yung Fat Wung would claim any attempt to do same as cowardice and surrender by the US.

effendi's picture

There are also several thousand POWs (US, British, Australian and others) who were known to be alive at the ceasefire in 1953 (the Defece Dept confirmed at least 900 US POWs still alive in Dec'1953) who have never been accounted for. At least a few were taken to the USSR and it is known that at least 1 was still alive in Siberia in the late 1950s. A NK defector also reported in the mid 1990s that several dozen US POWs were still in captivity in NK. How do you make peace with scum and worse yet how does the US leave its men behind and pretend that they are dead/don't exist