North Korea Seen Moving ICBM Into Position For Possible Launch: Report

Tyler Durden's picture

The USDJPY and 10Y yields snapped lower and gold kneejerked higher following the latest North Korea-related headline out of Bloomberg, according to which:


Bloomberg references a just released article in the Asia Business Daily, according to which North Korea started moving the ICBM-class missile, produced at a new Pyongyang research center, on Monday following Sunday's thermonuclear test.

The report confirms overnight intelligence from South Korea: recall first thing this morning, Yonhap reported that South Korea's spy agency said it had detected that North Korea is making preparations for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a move that would further raise tensions a day after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation.

Chang Kyung-soo, acting chief of the defense ministry’s policy planning office, told lawmakers on Monday that North Korea was making preparations for a missile firing, according to Bloomberg while Yonhap adds that South Korea's spy agency said there was a chance the North could fire an ICBM into the Pacific Ocean, saying that the isolated state was able to conduct a nuclear test at any time.

According to the just released Business Daily report, there is high chance N. Korea will fire ICBM missile before Sept. 9 national founding day. More details from the original report, Google translated:

According to the authorities, one ballistic missile produced by a weapons research institute dedicated to the production of North Korea's ICBM was found to be moving to the west of Hwanghae Island after being mounted on the 4th Mobile Launch Base (TEL) on the day after the 6th nuclear test.


Earlier this year, North Korea built a 1980-square-meter weapons lab, which could manufacture ICBMs, in Pyongyang. It was last February that the weapon laboratory was released to the outside world. Although it was a wilderness until 2009, it has now been transformed into a strategic hub for North Korea's major missiles.


According to a joint US-ROK report, North Korea has a maximum of 900 ballistic missiles, and it has been confirmed that there are 108 aircraft capable of launching surprise attacks. According to ballistic missiles, the number of Scud missiles and TEL that can mount Scud missiles are the most common. The number of Scud missiles is 430 (TEL 36).

The report concludes by noting that according to S. Korean intel, "if North Korea conducts further ICBM provocations there is a high possibility that it will choose an unpredictable time and place. To this end, Pyongyang may launch missiles directly from the mobile launch base, or launch multiple missiles at multiple locations simultaneously."

The report also notes that the ICBM mobile launcher is moving "at low speed mainly during the night time" to avoid detection by foreign intelligence authorities. In other words, the US now has a conveniently moving target and a due date by which North Korea will likely launch its next rocket, effectively giving Trump a greenlight for a "preemptive" strike over the next five days.

The market's reaction to the news, while not as dramatic as to Sunday's nuclear test, confirms just how much on edge traders remain for every headline out of North Korea.

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sincerely_yours's picture

"there was a chance the North could fire an ICBM into the Pacific Ocean"

Let's wait and see then.

wee-weed up's picture



The little fat fucker is being "protected" by the ChiComs...

But for ChiCom reasons.

Unfortunately, he knows it...

And that explains his infantile behavior with dangerous weapons.

TeraByte's picture

Don´t jump into conclusions. China behind the scene was already backing a coup d'état, where Fatso had been replaced by his half brother and uncle, but Fatso got a hunch and eliminated the both. Remember the  news of the half brother murdered in Malaysia not so long a time ago.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Do ppl realize that we live sec by sec just minutes away from full nuclear Armageddon ?!


SHADEWELL's picture

No one is promised tomorrow

SoDamnMad's picture

Oh good. I can go spend my kids savings on hookers and whiskey  because they won't need it.

ufos8mycow's picture

I'm going to be moving my ICBM around for a possible launch Friday also.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So what if the guy launches an icbm? 

DollarMenu's picture

Hasn't the USA been paying shitloads of money to defense contractors against these threats? 

Surely someone can kill this missle after all that money they took?


The Management's picture

Rocket Model:




Accuracy : probably in the pacific


 --- VS --- 


Name : THAAD 


Accuracy : +/- 10 MILLION $


Swampster's picture


HardAssets's picture

The cheating MIC contractors will be in Hell. So that's where they'll be to claim a refund once the balloon goes up.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Hasn't the USA been paying shitloads of money to defense contractors against these threats?

Surely someone can kill this missle after all that money they took?

Oh, you want them to live up to their marketing promises? That's going to cost extra, as it wasn't a specified requirement in the sales contract.

land_of_the_few's picture

It will make the trident-y one, Neptune, wrathful.

Presumably NK's offer to denuclearise if the US and SK stop doing war games still stands?

And presumably they are still trying to strongarm SK into taking THAAD. But strangely enough some "urgent reason" will pop up to make them not nix it presumably.

jaxville's picture

  You hit the nail square on the head....So what?  So NK tests another missile. Big deal!!! How did this BS ever find it's way on to this site?

  Although this subject calls for it, I deleted the profanities cause I am trying to act more white than I am.

   It's late and I have been enjoying some quality whiskey...

TBT or not TBT's picture

 If they are prevented from testing, they cannot know if their missiles work at all, and in fact probably they could be pretty sure they don't work.   We want that.   We want that for potential customers of their missiles and nukes as well.   



HardAssets's picture

The problem (at least as its presented to the public) is that after years of letting the Norks test & build their feeble capabilities, they have now made significant advancements. They now have, or will soon have, the ability to actually kill millions of Americans & allied peoples in a thermonuclear armed missile attack.
Of course, other nations definitely have this capability now including Russia and China. But they are seen as rational actors, while the Norks are viewed as highly unpredictable.

Is the above true ? Who knows, but this is the story we're told.

aurum4040's picture

Lol, litterally. I myself am still debating on whether to go EMP then ground or ground then EMP. I am thinking EMP first because if I go ground I won't have much left to EMP. I figure with EMP I decapitate capabilities first then just vaporize what's left. Tough call though. 

land_of_the_few's picture

Weren't the Boomers doing that already anyway?

GUS100CORRINA's picture

North Korea Seen Moving ICBM Into Position For Possible Launch: Report

My response: Maybe this DAMN THING will BLOW UP on the LAUNCHING PAD and put an end to this CRAZY CRAP.

BandGap's picture

Why not spend the time preparing yorself and your family? It costs nothing.


Luc X. Ifer's picture

I seen lots of idiocy in this world however you make easily the top ranks, imbecile. Maybe you submit to your life being driven and decided upon by other idiots like you but I don't share in the group as many others also don't.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


No one is promised tomorrow

That is the premise on which the $20 trillions in US government debt (and God only knows how many more trillions in unfunded liabilities) is based.

The problem is that somehow tomorrow always arrives anyway.

earleflorida's picture

only unless you watch MSM propaganda

swallow hard!

Thorny Xi's picture

I'm 63 - what's new? The entire boomer generation never expected to retire. That's why we got debtfucked. Didn't expect to make it.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

While i cannot speak for you -- the boomer generation is the worst most selfish generation the world has ever seen. 

You'll eat your own kids for "muah pension" 

Like I said; not speaking for you but rather for the generation as a whole. 

hxc's picture

Why say that to a guy that clearly detests the mentality you try to claim he follows??? Love ya Haus, but come on.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I appreciate your comment, and I thought I was clear enough in my post I wasn't speaking for him. 

The Baby Boomers have, generationally fucked the Western world harder than any other generation before.  I'd use the word "unprecedented" as while their irresponsible spending, speculation and bastardization of the fiat monetary system HAS occurred before, and often, their flooding of Europe and the United States with people from the third and developing world is without precedent. 

Sorry, but baby boomers are a cancer and the quicker the group of people no longer "votes" or makes public policy the better. 

Please also note I am not speaking out about my generation (Millennial), which for the most part are just large children and we generationally deserve the fate the boomers are most definitely going to experience. 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Agree. I don't know if ppl realize but the whole putrid system was designed and enabled by them so that these old farts scumbags can have the best years at the end of their life basically sucking the life of younger generations.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Well, apparently I'm lumped into Gen-X. Keep pointing out to people that there isn't going to be a pension and that we're beyond broke. They just can't appreciate the fact.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

There is this meme that I keep sending to my boomer friends on Facebook, they don't find it funny -- I do.  It goes like this: 

"I heard a joke about Social Security .... but you probably won't get it ... "

Here it is to fully appreciate it:

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Hahahaha. Hearty chuckles at that, thanks. I'm going to post it at work tomorrow and see how many sheep understand it. Not many, I'd venture. Have tried to warn my parents but, alas, they haven't got a clue either. They think the gravy train is gonna keep on rolling... well, it is... right into the abyss.

TBT or not TBT's picture

But Keynes said the more we spend the bigger the pie gets, so there should be unprecedented supplies of pie, or anyway the Cliff Notes version seems to affirm that, in the little bit of it that boomers ever read.  But it is government approved science.   

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Yeah, Keynes. Couldn't stand that prick's nonsense at university and can't stand it now. Daft twat, he was.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Agreed. I am 63 and constantly offended by people my age, who are, generally, fat, stupid, lazy, self-absorbed, entitled ass-holes.

Spent most of the past weekend with two or three of them. I was the only one who did any actual work. The best-heeled (richest, has literally $$ millions), lays around expecting me and others to cater to him, flaunts his scientific knowledge at every opportunity (who the fuck cares that you know the periodic table and can spout molecular formulas?) and generally thinks he's superior. Meanwhile, he contributes gibberish and has no concept of the plight of the common man. Cheap bastard, too. They say familiarity breeds contempt. Every minute I have to spend around this fat, out-of-touch and out-of-shape, self-impressed clown makes me want to alternatively punch his lights out, puke all over him or just fucking leave the scene.


And, the more money any baby boomer dipshit has, the worse person they are. I find them so horribly self-absorbed I want to go live in a ghetto just to get away from them. Fortunately, I have some acerage out in the sticks and nobody knows my phone number.

Serenity, someday.

spieslikeus's picture

I manage a country club, can you imagine?

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Nope, don't think I can and I have a pretty wild imagination. Just not the sort of person who can fake a smile whilst at the same time feeling that stove-your-head-in rage that builds up when having to deal with pompous wankers. All I can manage is the stove-your-head-in face which, while not great for business, does at least manage to keep most assholes at bay.

BandGap's picture

I'm 57, right behind you. Threw out the notion of retrement seven years ago.

Let's see what happens. Have faith.

Bernie Madolf's picture

He's behaving just how he's being instructed to.

gatorengineer's picture

^ This - Now how is instructing him.  The Chicoms and the joo world order.

general ambivalent's picture

I don't think Drumpf is controlled by the ChiComs. Where'd you get that idea?

TBT or not TBT's picture

That's just what the Russian hackers behind it all would want you to believe.  

New_Meat's picture

Chicomz might be letting their junk-yard dog a little loose on the chain.

There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people.  Some old dead guy said that.

earleflorida's picture

Ya goota be strong said the mercurial fucktard as general mushroom cloud says,... pride goeth before thy fall as he breaksdown and cry`s...    

yogibear's picture

Hack the missile control and direct the next one to the Chinese capital.

All of a sudden it wouldn't be so fun for China.


earleflorida's picture

someone has drunk thy 'Samson's option', thus nigh is [now] 'MAD' for 'FIRE'?


Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

China is a big country. Most people are only one generation removed from the agrarian lifestyle and the hard work associated with it. The Chinese will be fine.

Mr Hankey's picture

Cue Hairy Lightning, A MAN, a Legend, a GOD!!!!!!!!$$$!$!$$$$

BenBache's picture

Missiles can't hit squat, whether North Korean, American, Soviet, or anybody's.  Missiles have no wings to guide them.  Where do they get the room for engines, guidance systems, a bomb, and fuel?  It takes a lot of fuel to fly across the Pacific.  Jet airliners have massive fuel tanks bigger than a couple ICBMs combined.  Pure Freuian fantasy of castrated penises harming the children.  The masters must get huge laughs from the brain washed children believing a castrated penis could carry a bomb across the ocean and kill us all.  How do Atom Bombs work?  Why hasn't anyone seen an atom? Why did one of the richest men in the world run the Manhattan Project and not a competent physicist?  Questions questions, questions facing the youth of today.  Where can I get my poodle clipped in Burbank?