North Korea Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; Lands Inside Japan's Economic Zone

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Update 2: The Pentagon says initial assessment of North Korean launch "was an ICBM, traveled about 1,000 km before splashing into Sea of Japan," Reuters reports. Separately, Yonhap notes that the North Korea missile reached an altitude of 4,500 km and flew 960km.

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Update:  In response to the launch, the South Korean military has staged a "precision strike" missile exercise in response, Yonhap reports citing the JCS. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has confirmed that the North Korean launch took place at 1:30pm EST, and was still assessing.

Separately, the office of the Japanese PM said the North Korean missile landed off the coast of Japan, likely inside the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Well, US experts did warn that North Korea could conduct another missile test "within days", and for once, US experts were right, because moments ago Yonhap reported citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, that after a two and a half month hiatus, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, the first such launch since September 15. The launch marks the first time North Korean has provoked the US and regional nations since US President Donald Trump labelled Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism.

"North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today," the S. Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

According to the report, the missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S. Japan's coast guard confirmed that North Korea fired a missile, which fell in the sea near Japan. The Japanese cabinet office said that the N. Korea missile landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and thus could be seen as an act of aggression. 

The missile has not been identified, though the US government has confirmed the launch. According to the Pentagon, the missile came from mobile launcher.

Seoul's military has been "closely monitoring" and "tracking possible North Korean provocations" with US partners, a spokesman for the army said Tuesday.

As a reminder, yesterday Japanese officials noticed an increase in radioactivity data suggesting another missile test might be imminent. "North Korea might launch a missile within the next few days," a Japanese government official told local media.

This may be just the first of several launches: The US and South Korean militaries are slated to hold large scale military drills from December 4 through December 8. a move which will further infuriate Pyongyang. The drills will feature more than 230 allied aircraft swarming around the Korean peninsula.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, and has launched more than a dozen missiles this year as Kim Jong Un’s regime seeks the capability to hit the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon. The United Nations has imposed stringent sanctions on North Korea for its weapons tests.

Trump on Nov. 20 labeled North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism because of its threats of nuclear devastation and support of terrorist acts including assassinations on foreign soil. North Korea responded by saying the designation reminds the country it should keep hold of its "precious nuclear sword." On Nov. 14, the U.S. concluded strike force drills in the Western Pacific using three aircraft carriers, the first such exercise in a decade.

North Korea has routinely complained about U.S. drills in the region, using them as justification to ratchet up its own weapons program.

China and Russia have stepped up their own efforts to deter North Korea. Russia cannot accept Pyongyang's "missile and nuclear gambit," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said November 24, since these programs violate United Nations Security Council resolutions. With China, Russia insists that Pyongyang follow through on the "implementation of other provisions of these resolutions that require the resumption of talks," Lavrov said. 

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In response to the launch, USDJPY has tumbled and gold surged - relatively speaking - while stocks, as usual, completely ignore all geopolitical, and any othet, news, and continue to race with bitcoin for the title of the world's biggest ever bubble.

Speaking of the market's latest non-response, while TSYs have ticked higher along with safe havens like gold (XAU), it's been a rather muted reaction, which some trading desks attributed to missile launch being was expected, although the reality is that stocks simply no longer react to geopolitical news. This is best exemplified by the virtual non response in the USDKRW 1m NDF to the news.

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Bam_Man's picture

Bullish for everything (except Silver)!

Deathrips's picture

Good for them. Not having adequate firepower allowed hillarys minions to kill gaddafi.


Whats wrong with a country being able to defend itself?



BaBaBouy's picture

Wheres it Going is the Question ...

Mr. Ed's picture

...having a hard time confirming this is a real launch!

May be that Fat Boy went short USD/JPY after the Brexit news pushed it up and had Yonhap put this out to make a few bucks when it crashed.  Maybe he needs extra money to finish the real launch coming in a few days!

JimmyJones's picture

I am starting to think that N.Korea is on the MIC's payroll and is really just their salesman and has no interest in actual war with anyone.  Cryto's are up on the news.

BennyBoy's picture


This missile is a threat. To the MIC. Which wishes to sell missles the NK.

Deathrips's picture

I hope it lands in Israel.



Bokkenrijder's picture

...and again the ball is in Trump's court.

"Thirty - Love"

chubbar's picture

Why should anyone give a shit about NK test firing a missile? Other countries do it all the time, why not NK? Ignore the little asshole in charge, he isn't going to start a war with the US if we just leave him alone.

Liberal's picture

Listen, Kim, you big and bold person you!  (calling someone fat is racist)

Just let us set up a central bank in your country and we'll leave you alone!

Sofa King Confused's picture

That might be the most relevant comment of this thread

NoDebt's picture

Please do not panic.  All markets are back solidy in the green now.  All is well.  


Bay of Pigs's picture

Gold is down on the news, lol.

At this point you wonder if a nuke hit a major city if gold would rally at all.

HopefulCynical's picture

North Korea Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; Lands Inside Japan's Economic Zone

So, they can legally put it up for sale on Tokyo Craigslist?

SilverDOG's picture

Fort Knox ?

Naaah No gold there.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Thanks Slick Willy.

If it weren't for you and your treasonous kickbacks with Loral, the communists in that hemisphere would still be lobbing bloopers onto their sides.

But thanks to you, they have A-#1 missile-Guidance technology!

HardAssets's picture

Nope, it has to be a Rothschild controlled central bank.

balanced's picture

Is there another kind?


ThuleNord's picture

“Just let US set up a central bank in your country and we'll leave you alone!”


Cynicles II's picture

Think there are only 4 nations left w/o Rothschild controlled central banks: Iran, Syria, NK and escapes me.

XWeatherman's picture

Yes, but the U.S. Military Industrial Complex Death-Merchants can't make HUUUUGE profits selling weapons to Japan and South Korea unless there is a Boogey-Man for marketing and promotion.

Bush Baby's picture

Maybe they give a shit because he fires them over Japan?

FIAT CON's picture

Wait!!! The  MIC needs more boogie men. Cannot sell more weapons without boogie men.

BrownCoat's picture

"the ball is in Trump's court" Not!

The US is waiting for China to recognize international territories in the South China Sea and East China Sea. China needs to let go of its ambitions to extend its sovereignty over other countries' borders.

HardAssets's picture

Like the uninvited US military ‘guests’ in Syria ?

pods's picture

The naming of the "South China Sea" is pretty suspect.  Just as easily can be called the East Vietnam Sea, or West Philippines sea.

Jesus, where the chinks are building those false islands,  it's not even close to China.


Akzed's picture

Closer than Hawaii and California.

null's picture

Be careful what you hope for.
But you’re probably not hoping, just expressing your emotional confusion.

Those folks have been itching for an excuse to mow the field and spruce up their back yard. Since 1967 ...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Which Lands In Japan's Economic Zone

My response: I was hoping the missile would blow up on the launching pad with Nuclear Warhead inside missile.


helloimjohnnycat's picture

Unless there's a boom-boom follow-winging the zoom-zoom, there won't be no luvvin' for long-long time.

norks have balls, but regret short fat dik no get job done yet.

Antifaschistische's picture

I seriously doubt there is much courage involved here.  I'm guessing many NK's are afraid of the consequences of what they are doing....but they'll get shot if they express any "concerns"...Because, like with most countries...the people at the very top, are pretty psycho.

drendebe10's picture

Hooe it lands on the dc swamp. Fukemall

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Maybe they (MIC) rolled this story out because someone asked: what's the status in the Vegas shooting thing?

Oh wait, that's all forgotten now

Consuelo's picture



Was there ever a 'roll the credits' on the names of everyone who (supposedly) perished in that incident...?    The entire way this thing was handled by the media is just so over-the-top wrong in terms of real, in-depth coverage, as to be dumbfounding.   The sheer contempt by the State for the attention span of Boobus Americanus is astounding, but very reall all the same. 

MonetaryApostate's picture

Fake news, fake money, fake missiles, fake markets, & by now I gotta be making some sense to some of the other serfs out there...

(Besides me, cause I'm a serf too & it sucks!)

JimmyJones's picture

Yet here we are discussing the very topic that you are complaining about.  The Americans are well aware of Vagas being a hit job that was much bigger than the one Patsy they got, but you wouldn't know it because the MSM will not cover it.  Until the existing MSM both broadcast and cable "news" is dismantled and replaced with real news and real investigative Journalist as it already has in "alternative" media things will continue to appear to be "memory holed" even if in reality they haven't been.

We know that 3 helicopters turned off their transponders when over Mandalay Bay during the shooting, We know that one of them messed up and turned it back on but broadcast the wrong signal and made it look like a Southwest jet was hovering over the hotel for about 6 mins (all verified by the FAA), We know that the Saudi's have a major ownership in the MGM hotels.  We also know that the Saudi Gov't arrested a Butload of "Royals" shortly afterwards.

BrownCoat's picture

Yup. The Columbine Shooting media coverage went on and on and on. That was for the "anti-gun" narative.

Killing a bunch of White people was intended to incite a civil war. The Looney Left has made several attempts already (shooting Republicans at a softball game, attacking a Republican Senator). If it was a criminal black like Michael Brown, the minorities would rise up and loot. TPTB thought killing a bunch of Whites would have a similar effect. It did not work (this time).

DetectiveStern's picture

White people don't have a collective spirit like other races do for one reason or another. It's kinda funny how the actions of a very few white people (the cabal) means all white men can be seen as they are but when a very muslims start blowing things up it's not ok to blame all muslims.

agstacks's picture

lizard people are not "white". 

DetectiveStern's picture

What is actual truth is and what the majority perceive are not always the same

ThuleNord's picture

I hope you meant (((cabal)))... “white” is the inappropriate term here. Unless you’re referring to the boot lickers and traitors

Red Pill Now!

HardAssets's picture

It’s almost ‘shocking’ how the ‘Biggest Mass Shooting in U.S. History ‘ disappeared from ‘the news’.

Well, not really. Too many questions were being asked.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

One man did it all. I know this is the truth, because the MSM told me. I have nothing to fear now. 

Shitonya Serfs's picture

SJW complained because someone propositioned a prostitute, and that's considered assault in their mind.

Mr. Ed's picture

Okay, it looks like Fat Boy did fire a missile, it just wasn't in any way provocative... fell to the East, a little off shore.

therealestg9's picture

We have a winner^. This is the only logical explanation for why they have been allowed to stick around for all these years.

totenkopf88's picture

His "missile launches" are actually some old German V2 stock footage from Peenemünde