North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday afternoon which flew more than 500 kilometers, only one week after conducting its latest, successful ballistic missile test last Sunday, South Korea's military announced. The missile was launched at 0759 GMT from a location near Pukchang, 60 km northeast of the capital Pyongyang, an area where North Korea attempted to test-launch another missile last month but failed, South Korea's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement quoted by Yonhap.

The missile flew about 310 miles, a spokesman for Seoul’s defense ministry said, adding that authorities were analyzing the details of the test launch. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone and no damage to ships or airplanes was reported.

North Korea test-fired a new mid-to-long-range rocket, which it calls the Hwasong-12, on May 14, 2017

The launch was the 11th missile Pyongyang has fired this year according to the WSJ. North Korea last test-launched a missile from the Pukchang airfield late last month. In that case, the missile blew up minutes after launch in an apparent failed test. U.S. authorities said at the time that the missile didn’t leave North Korean territory.  In contrast, Sunday’s successful test launch was further evidence of a pickup in momentum for North Korea’s missile program, coming on the heels of the testing of the country's most advanced missile yet a week earlier that surprised many North Korea missile watchers.

The latest two successful launches demonstrate the rapid progress North Korea is making as part of a drive to be able to threaten the continental U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.

In last Sunday's test, North Korea launched a new intermediate-range ballistic missile that it claimed was capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. It called the missile the Hwasong-12. Independent analysts have said that, based on their calculations, the Hwasong-12 could reach the U.S. military base in Guam, more than 2,000 miles from Pyongyang. As noted previously, Victor Cha, Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said after the Hwasong-12 test that the successful launch “demonstrates that we have once again underestimated North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities.” He said the Hwasong-12 “represents a leap in ballistic missile technology.”

Sunday’s missile test was also the second since South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in took office this month, a further test for the country’s first liberal president in nearly a decade. Moon has called for closer ties with North Korea, primarily through economic engagement. Needless to say, he was not happy and on Sunday president Moon Jae-in convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the provocation.  "North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile in the eastern direction at around 4:59 p.m. from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province)," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

A spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it splashed down in the waters between Korea and Japan.

An official traveling with U.S. President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia said the White House was aware that North Korea had launched what it described as a medium-range ballistic missile and noted that the missile had a shorter range than the three previous tested by North Korea.

As the WSJ adds, just hours before Sunday’s launch, North Korea warned through its state media that it would follow up the Hwasong-12 launch with more missile tests. “Many more ‘Juche weapons’ capable of striking the U.S. will be launched from this land,” North Korea’s Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary Sunday, according to Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency. Juche, or self-reliance, is a reference to North Korea’s state ideology. The commentary also appeared to directly rebuke Trump’s prior vows to prevent the North from further developing its nuclear and missile capabilities.

“This is the DPRK’s answer to the Trump administration,” the Minju Joson commentary added. “The U.S. has no force to check the vigorous advance of Juche Korea.”

In Tokyo, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denounced the missile launch and called it a “challenge to the world.” Mr. Abe said he wanted to make North Korea a principal issue at the Group of Seven summit in Italy later this week. “I would like to send a clear message." China had no immediate comment.

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tmosley's picture

Have they overcome their CIA hardware/software infiltration problem? Lots of fixes have been circulating lately...

FrozenGoodz's picture

ES doesn't care about this narrative any longer ... non event

J S Bach's picture

For the millionth time... WHO CARES?!

remain calm's picture

What you going to do now maddog? Kill them for testing missles. The bullying tactic did not work.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

Fattie Kim called Fatty Drumpf's bluff.  SAD!

froze25's picture

Wonderful now things will escalate. Let's not forget another carrier group is on its way.

Looney's picture


Does anybody really believe that Lil Kim would ever attack the US first? What a crock of shit!

Oh, and speaking of shit… This whole voyeuristic “counting” of test-launches is as disgusting as installing a spy-cam inside of the neighbors’ toilet bowl to keep track of their bowel movements.  ;-)


DeadFred's picture

1000 km to Tokyo. A nuke hitting the BOJ and the Western financial system collapses. Heck, the way they have this house of cards propped up a small sneeze will bring it down. 

jeff montanye's picture

good to see you're still dead, fred.  you were right.  hillary never got close to the white house and she's drifting closer to the big house as we type.  

and speaking of a house of cards, can you make anything out of the fbi's position that they never investigated seth rich's murder, looked at his computer, phone, etc.?  that clear cut an answer, very much to their disadvantage, puzzles me.  it almost makes one consider whistle blowing.  still anonymous apparently though.  each day this story stands without official (mccabe?) denial, the stronger it grows.  perhaps this is evidence of that agent revolt we heard about earlier.

from nbc news: Meanwhile, a current FBI official and a former one completely discount the Fox News claim that an FBI analysis of a computer belonging to Rich contained thousands of e-mails to and from WikiLeaks.

Local police in Washington, D.C., never even gave the FBI Rich's laptop to analyze after his murder, according to the current FBI official. (

how easy would it have been to take the laptop from the d.c. police, wipe it like with a cloth if necessary, do nothing and say "none of our investigative work has uncovered a connection between seth rich and wikileaks.  we believe the russians hacked the dnc emails and fed them to wikileaks to help donald trump win the election."  that i would expect, at a minimum.

that is not, at all, what we have.  and we have as well robert "9-11" mueller as a special prosecutor to look into the entire business.

the times they are a changin'? 


shamus001's picture

If NK were smart, they would continue developing their missiles and testing them WITHOUT saying "America, this is for you!"  This way they have plausable deniability and can say "We're just testing our defensive capabilities, it's our sovereign right"....and BASICALLY- U.S. can connect the dots---if you strike NK, not only Seol gets obliterated, but Japan as well, and MAYBE the U.S. might have a couple missiles to shoot down if they can.

Outright sayings "U.S. we're practicing to hit you" is GIVING the U.S. the political fuel it needs to make a move... a move in which no one really wins in the end!

earleflorida's picture

a ground invasion is a fool's`errand in nk!

its a mare's`nest?

Sabibaby's picture

This is China keeping the USA busy with bullshit. Kim is a pawn.

Kayman's picture

Let Japan develop nukes. China will soon stop the NK diversion.

Hanging the American traitors that sold out American technology for trinkets, starting with the Clintons, would be a moral victory.

idahobandito's picture

Agreed.. He knows we'd smoke his ass into cinders. I think we should pull out of SK and let them and Japan take care of their own defences, as both their economy/technology can support it without our help. If fat kim test fires a missle that lands near Hawaii or our west coast, warn him once, then flatten his millitary infrastructure conventionally the next time. Without SK's consent, help or bases.

caconhma's picture

It is the fact that fatty Kim deserves a great respect. The US international adventurism and naked aggression have crashed in North Korea. 

Kim has proven himself as being capable politician and a statesman. He is not a coward like Saddam, Assad, Qaddafi, and Putin who talk(ed) big and were begging for mercy. Instead of hiding in a basement, Saddam could fight back using his chemical weapons in a preemptive strike against US and NATO invasion forces in Saudi Arabia and Europe. Both Qaddafi and Assad gave up their chemical weapons instead of using them against the NATO invasion forces and Israel.

Stalin said: If you are weak and a coward, you deserve beating and death!

HowdyDoody's picture

The NK thing was just an excuse for the US military to force THAAD into SK. THAAD is aimed at China. NK is of no consequence otherwise.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

I partially disagree.  Lord Mothschildmolester would like to set up a central bank there.

BarkingCat's picture

I don't care what your opinion on the issue is.

That was funny.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile

My response: Good. American THAAD now in place, North Korea (NK) irrelevant. Who is going to get upset over NK's actions? JAPAN. South Korea, China.  If NK makes a mistake, CHINA WILL MOST PROBABLY lay NK waist faster than you can say 'Xi Jinping'.

Finally, NK is irrelevant. Why? They play no major role in Biblical Prophecy. 


Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.

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apadictionary's picture

they are just setting up multiple parallel distractions. they havn't decided yet which one they want to use it as black swan.

Giant Meteor's picture

Calling Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Strangelove, you have a call on the red courtesy phone in the sub terrarium room ..

Anteater's picture

KJU is busy reminding Congress that it's been three weeks the Senate has been quibbling over the Luciferian Satanist's $54 BILLION stop-gap over-spent budget grift, and they mean to bring our annual blood tithe to the Death Cultists to $1 TRILLION a year, $1TRILLION structiral mal-investment diverted from crumbling roads and bridges, $1 TRILLION a year stolen from SS and MC, and tomorrow is Monday the 21st, only 10 days left before Lucifer starts bouncing some serious checks at MIC Central.


10...9...8...7... ... ... ...

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

Zerohedge are you sure about this? Me personally I think it's pentagon propaganda.

nmewn's picture

The NYT's says they heard a heavily breathing voice on the phone identifying them self as an official anonymous source who wished to remain anonymous reading from an officially unofficial memo they reportedly had so, yeah, its the real deal ;-) 

land_of_the_few's picture

WSJ says heavily "seeks to develop the ability to target the continental US with a nuclear-tipped weapon"

I.e. they can't.

And dear WSJ, what exactly would provoke them to make such a strike, hmmm? What are you hoping for?

And yeah, the pictures are old ones from South Korea news agency.

enough of this's picture

The Krazy Korean Kid will:

<---- Continue testing missiles and nuclear weapons with impunity.

<---- Eventually provoke the U.S. to take military action against North Korea.

tmosley's picture

Continue testing stuff until they run out of resources and collapse because China has cut them off.  There is no reason for military intervention. Communism is a self-solving problem so long as non-commies don't prop them up.

The only way they provoke military intervention is with an actual attack.

Pasadena Phil's picture

The most conspicuous feature of communist governments is their propensity for killing more of their own citizens than all of their enemies throughout history combined.

After the rape of Nanking by Japan in WWII, a frustrated General Joe Stillwell confronted Chiang Kai-Shek asking

"What will it take for China to finally fight back?"

Ka-Shek famously replied:

"Do you know how many Chinese there are? We can march Chinese shoulder-to-shoulder and a mile across at a steady walking pace into the Sea of China and never run out of Chinese. How many of us do you think Japan can kill?"

Now add communism and Mao Tse Tung into the mix and what do you get? How many Chinese died in the "Great Leap Forward"? One hundred million? Yeah! Let's try that communism thing!

Kayman's picture

"so long as non-commies don't prop them up."

As in American traitors- politicians and corporations- that have built a monsterous new enemy- China.

idahobandito's picture

Lets hope you are the neighbor tests his hunting rounds all the time. Until one accidently drops over onto my property...its his business. When he hits one of my tractors or outbuildings, then I will go over his house and stomp the shit out of him. I believe our political doctrine should be simular.

Fake Trump's picture

Trump bullshit rhetoric statements.

Fisherman Blue's picture

The DPRK are in fact a worthy foe and nuclear armed power.

lakecity55's picture

Kim: Dammit, Trump is not taking it up the ass like Obama! I must send a message!


lakecity55's picture

Long Estes Rockets!

clade7's picture

Every day is like the 4th of July in NK!

land_of_the_few's picture

Actually pretty entertaining, no-one gets hurt, unlike in Iraq ....

YourAverageJoe's picture

I loved those things as a kid and so did my boys.

Thanks for the pleasant memory

A. Boaty's picture

A Bulletin from the front!

RagaMuffin's picture

Hell, this is merely an ad campaign for NK missles   ;-)

Stan522's picture

At some point in time, the patience of Trump and the world will cease....

Fake Trump's picture

The patience of Trump? Bullshit. It should the patience of the American people to get rid of him. 

SoDamnMad's picture

As soon as the missile has the range to hit Israel then it will get someone's attention. When DPRNK ships are seen in Iranian harbors unloading long boxes and reloading with heavy wall casters then it will get someone's attention.

GIVJetMech's picture

I'll bet you're a left wing millennial type, probably educated at Harvard or UC Berkeley. Brainwashed by far left professors. You sound like it at any rate.

I'm sure you voted for either crooked Hillary or socialist Bernie.

Trump may be a political neophyte. He might say things that most wouldn't verbalize.

But I thank God that he got elected, instead of one of those two.

Obama brought us too far down the socialist path. His administration brought too much governmental rules and regulations into our lives. Hillary and Bernie would have just continued that policy.

Trump has the right idea's. Stop ILLEGAL immigration. Deport CRIMINAL illegals. Get the Gangs (like MS-13) out of our country. Try to get the U.S. better trade agreements. Strengthen our military. Get business rolling by making it more competitive with the rest of the world. Let the States govern themselves, get government out of their way.

16 years of Clinton and Obama were enough. We need to get back towards the center. Screw the globalists.

TheLastTrump's picture

lol >>> probably educated at Harvard or UC Berkeley


This guy is not very well educated. So....maybe you're right. :)