Satellite Footage Shows North Korea Preparing Ballistic Missile Launch Ahead Of US Naval Drills

Tyler Durden's picture

Echoing a report from earlier this week, when on Wednesday the Seoul-based Asia Business Daily reported that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18 - arguably the year's most important geopolitical event - on Saturday the South Korean press claimed that "North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea", according to a government source.

The Donga Ilbo daily said satellite pictures show ballistic missiles mounted on "transporter erector vehicles" and being moved out of hangars near Pyongyang and in the North Phyongan Province. US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, the newspaper said.

A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying: "we don't comment on any matters of military intelligence" but added that "we are keeping a close watch over the North."

Quoted by AFP, Donga Ilbo said that US and South Korean military officials suspect the North might be preparing to launch missiles capable of reaching US territory, and that this could be the Hwasong-14 inter-continental ballistic missile, whose range could extend to Alaska, or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles which Pyongyang threatened to fire towards the US Pacific territory of Guam in Augus . Another possibility is that the North might be preparing to test a new Hwasong-13 ICBM, it added, that has a longer maximum range than the other two missiles and could potentially reach the US West Coast.

On Friday, the US navy said that a US aircraft carrier will lead a joint naval drill between the US and South Korea in the coming week. The drills, led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, are scheduled to begin on Monday in waters east and west of South Korea. The 10-day exercise, which will include the USS Stethem and USS Mustin Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, will check the allies’ “communications, interoperability and partnership,” the United States Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The training mission comes after hectic US military hardware movements around the Korean peninsula in recent days. These follow a flurry of missiles from Pyongyang, which conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month in defiance of international sanctions. Also on Friday the nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine arrived at the southern South Korean port of Busan, just days after another nuclear-powered submarine - the USS Tuscon - left after a five day visit.

The drill will also be the latest show of force against North Korea, as tensions soar over the hermit state's weapons programme, and will likely rile Pyongyang which has previously responded angrily to joint exercises.

Indeed, as the two nations prepare for next week’s joint naval exercise, North Korean officials on Friday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam.  An op-ed published by Pyongyang’s KCNA state news agency said: “We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, an advance base for invading the DPRK, where key US bases are located.”

“The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to ‘trigger’ for taking the toughest countermeasure,” Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, said in the op-ed.

KCNA’s statement also came on the heels of a flyby of two US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force on Tuesday night. Two B-1Bs took off from Guam and traveled in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, staging an aerial exercise with Japanese and South Korean combat aircraft in the middle of the night.

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In any event, local experts are concerned. On Friday, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the North Korean Foreign Ministry warned that the joint exercise, as well as a flight by two American B-1B bombers over South Korea on Tuesday, would compel the North to “take military counteraction.” Additionally, professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies said it was "highly likely" that the North could launch missiles in response to next week's joint navy drill.

President Trump's continued threats of military action against Pyongyang if it does not tame its weapons ambitions have fuelled fears of conflict on the Korean peninsula. But military intervention against North Korea would have "devastating consequences", NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Friday, after Trump said diplomatic efforts had failed.

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c2nnib2l's picture

well let's see if thaad really work...


i dont think it is

curbjob's picture

Yes, but what does the Retired Green Beret have to say ?

Looney's picture


This never-ending voyeuristic “surveillance” of North Korea has nothing to do with intelligence – it is a fucking FETISH.  ;-)


overbet's picture

This means we'll only get a 1% S&P pop Monday instead of 3%. FED traders on standby ready for war. 

In.Sip.ient's picture

Assuming they survive the EMP.


Hmmm... just maybe a good idea...


overbet's picture

I'll bet everything against an emp attack. No downside

FORD_FIESTA's picture

EMP will never happen.....stop reading "One Second After" and turn off the TV.


knukles's picture


skbull44's picture

The rate at which the West implements regime change--you know, for the people; never for financial and/or resource reasons--North Korea has every incentive to continue to ramp up their military.

BaBaBouy's picture

Ever since Thump got In there seems to be monthly woar exercises in the Koreas ...

Do you feel Safer ???

Manthong's picture

“Satellite Footage”

I’m just curious…

How many linear feet are there in a gigabyte?

..and when they “film” satellite imagery, news and other events, how many pixels can they record on a frame of film?  


Slack Jack's picture

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl says that Kim Jong Un lived in Switzerland from 1991 until 2000. He attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. The strongest hint that Kim Jong Un is a "Pentagon" puppet and not a communist (Chinese) puppet is that he had China's best friend in Pyongyang, Jang Sung-taek, executed. He also ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang's family including children and grandchildren (and others that were considered too close to China).

Other hints are that he is usefully (to the US) provocative and doesn't seem to listen to China.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is indeed a "Pentagon" man but that North Korea is (i.e., will be treated as) an enemy state.

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

And as an example of how real wars are fought,....

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

3LockBox's picture

Interesting that they show range on a flat earth like map!

CheapBastard's picture

'If you want to keep your misslie launches toward USA, you can keep your missile launches toward USA."

HardAssets's picture

Better get as many good copulation sessions in as possible, before the insane ones blow up the world.

matermaker's picture

I've been saying that is going to happen to NORK not the US.  Most folks don't realize how many subs we have.  We have 14 ssbn boomers with 24 nukes and 4 ssgn boomers with 154 cruise missilese each.  along with 31 LA  class attack subs with cruise missiles.  All extremely stealthy.  At a close enough range, NORK would not know what hit them.  It takes 65 seconds for the first two stages of a trident missile and 40 seconds for the 3rd.  If you want to blow it up basically over your head, you can do so in about 3 minutes.  How hard would it be to time it at the same time NORK launched an ICBM 'test' that suddenly went very very wrong?

Lore's picture

There's a better answer. They could all fuck off, leave NK to the Norks (including possible reunification, which is what people on the street have wished for all along), go home, and start trying to wrestle conscientiously with the real and serious domestic problems in the USA that are the prime motivator behind this disingenuous and misguided pursuit of petrodollar-protectionist distractions and smokescreens and band-aids and military-industrial bread-buttering. 

Strategically absent from this discussion is the word DETERRENCE.

researchfix's picture

Whoaa! I am sure you believe in the boomers. Do you get a boomer counting this out?

earleflorida's picture

remember these words:

china will back north korea [as] long as they don't start the fight.

Interpretation: Testing Missiles in their backyard isn't considered aggressive. Guam can easily be avoided in the line-of-fire by 250-300 km. So, how would the ussa interpretate, when 95% of USSAs freedom of the Seas belongs to the Empire?...--- but why not the Phiippine Sea, as in fair game.

We'll just have to wait?

China has the 'Aircraft Killers'? Sitting ducks/coffins these two now in the area [lily`pads].

Russia has the S-500s only a stones throw away.

[and] if just one missile warhead hits, 'ground zero'

trump is fucking nuts!!!

impeach him, and we just get another idiot,... but what worries me is the diversion going on in the world--- as in, Israel invading Lebanon

MozartIII's picture

"it is a fucking FETISH.  ;-)" Long rare earth elements & Train tracks linking China/Russia to the south. So many FETISH's to choose from.

johnduncan78's picture

I remember back when satallite surveilance showed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There's days I reallly wonder if we did land on the moon or it was also staged////////////////////

HRClinton's picture

'Fetish' is not the word I'd choose. 

The US is GASLIGHTING the enemy.

It the reverse of a painless breakup ("It's not you, it's me"), with the passive-aggressive move of "It's not me, it's you!" of every agent provocateur, using gaslighting techniques. 

joego1's picture

He says that we are backing the ILL rocket man into a corner. No question about that. I guess we get to see how well his rockets work. Those that were hoping for the end to Kalifuckya might be disapointed to see their locations on the map. I think Kim would go for D.C. given the options.

Lore's picture

Doubtful, but it's no big leap to expect a false flag near an American military installation in the neighborhood.

idahobandito's picture

JJ will say, we will be emp and 90% of us will die without electricity. Rickards will say the economy will collapse (2 years ago) and we will all starve to death. 

Crazy Or Not's picture

Kim's playing Scud II chicken for his own entertainment. He'll never go full retard.
If US goes kinetic, China & Russia will give 1:1 scale lessons in strategic effeciency.

xrxs's picture

That's what I'm afraid of. Short supply lines. There are some ways around this though. Best case is Kim gives up the nukes, but watching the Iran deal get torn up at Trump's whim probably doesn't give him much confidence in this option.

HRClinton's picture

"Give up nukes"?  Are you a dime short?

Why TF would anyone want to do that?  Remember what happens to (((Global-Lust))) adversaries or targets, who get rid of their WMD Retribution option, if they are not part of the (((Kabal's))) fiat bankster system:

   e.g. Iraq, Lybia, Syria

Why doesn't ISISrael give up its nukes and other WMDs? Why are they exempt from world bodies that controls or monitor nukes?

zorba THE GREEK's picture

If lil Kim doesn't stop firing off missles, he won't have any left for the real deal.

overbet's picture

I imagine its like our healthcare cost. The true cost of a missle/healthcare is 10% of what the taxpayer pays. Kim gets Alibaba pricing on his artillery. Fire at will

idahobandito's picture

I suppose ratheon could sell them some of our surplus.

khnum's picture

At 20 billion its worked for Raytheon....but thats about it

knukles's picture

I'm your second uppity, so they're missin' it.  Very well done!

NemesisteM's picture

There is another carrier en route to NK with thousands of Marines.  Why wouldn't they shoot off a couple more missiles?

curbjob's picture

Why not just wait for a navigation error and collision with a cargo ship ?

It's been a very successful stratergy of late.

MozartIII's picture

"Why not just wait for a navigation error and collision with a cargo ship ?"


Damn! You beat me to it. Those affirmative action promotians are working out really well for the Navy!!

HRClinton's picture

Now you're cooking!

Just have NK lease some Chinese cargo ships to patrol offshore. 

What a great shit-show it would be for the US to ram into a Chinese-owned and manned vessel, flying an NK flag.

HRClinton's picture

Re.. "There is another carrier en route to NK with thousands of Marines."

This would be thousands of Marines that (((Global-Lusts))) can dispense with. (((They))) would rather have them die as Useful Fools over there, than fight on behalf of "We the People" over here, in excising the (((metastesized cancer)) within.

Another example of "Sometimes, how you see the problem is the problem." And how you see the solution, is the solution. The Final Solution*, if you will.

   * Is to "water the Tree of Liberty". Thoroughly, and  properly.'s picture

Launch of the DingDong II is imminient.

WhiteHose's picture

Hilarious! The names gooks use for missiles! Dongs, wangs, etc! Lmfao! Flying dildoes on the way 

MozartIII's picture

The horror. Flying Falik for all!!!!  Are they trying to over compensate for their lack????

Savvy's picture

Victory is inedible.

wmbz's picture

One of these days 'Lil Kim aka rocket boy is going to f around and hit something, he'll wish he hadn't.

curbjob's picture

Indeed . 

A Afghan poppy field would unleash the dogs of hell.

In.Sip.ient's picture

And you think who gets hit

will be all that thrilled???


curbjob's picture

There's a good chance it could be one of his own imperial palaces.

rwmctrofholz's picture

Diplomatic efforts have failed?  

When were they tried?

khnum's picture

Diplomatic efforts means that Nikki Haley at the UN has delivered a litany of insults and demands

land_of_the_few's picture

Well yes, considering it was supposed to be her that was pushing to end the Iran deal, and Mattis and the others were for continuing it.

Has she got some kind of interesting personal grudge against Iran? And why is it always the ladies that push so hard for war? It's not like they are going to have to fight it themselves.

khnum's picture

In 2001 Netanyahu told us Iran would have the bomb by 2005...were still waiting.The Iranian demonisation has been ratcheted up recently which is humorous as it was Hezbullah saving Christians from ISIS in Syria not western forces.So Iran is a major sponsor of terror,the last incident I recall was the Beirut bombing decades ago which was more an act of war than terrorism as Hezbullah is a resistance force in Lebanon and they were targeting enemy combatants not civilians.So tell me all about their evil please.