North Korea Making Preparations For Another ICBM Launch, South Says

Barely had the market digested news of the latest, 6th - and this time allegedly thermonuclear - test by North Korea (with the South Korean Kospi cutting initial losses of as much as 1.6% in half on yet another BTFNWD ramp), when 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. Gen. Jang didn’t say what the signs of activity were, nor did he give a time frame for a possible launch. But many experts have been preparing for a weapons test around Sept. 9, when North Korea marks the anniversary of its foundation in 1948.

His assessment was echoed by South Korean intelligence officers, who said North Korea could test launch another ICBM toward the northern Pacific Ocean or a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to lawmakers who attended a closed-door legislative meeting on Monday. The intelligence officers also said North Korea could conduct further nuclear tests at any time, based on construction work on two tunnels at its test site that appear to be near completion, these lawmakers said.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers in a closed session that Pyongyang may lob the missile around the anniversary of the regime's foundation slated for Saturday or the establishment of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea on Oct. 10.

North Korea fired ballistic missiles, including two ICBMs fired in July, at a lofted angle to prevent them from crossing over other countries including Japan. But Pyongyang lobbed a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan last week.

 

"There is a possibility that the North would fire an ICBM on a standard trajectory," the NIS was quoted as saying by lawmakers.

Separately, Gen. Jang said the U.S. and South Korea are in talks about deploying an aircraft carrier or stealth bombers to South Korea as part of the response to North Korea’s recent actions. Top South Korean officials had said in recent days that the two allies were in discussions about the deployment of “strategic assets” to the Korean Peninsula. At the time, officials didn’t elaborate on what strategic assets they were considering, but the phrase typically refers to aircraft carriers, bombers or nuclear weapons.

The NIS also said that more analysis is needed to verify whether the North detonated an electromagnetic pulse-based bomb or a hydrogen bomb during its nuclear test, according to lawmaker. "North Korea claimed an H-bomb test, but we are analyzing it on the assumption that there could be three possibilities -- a hydrogen bomb, an atomic detonation and a boosted fissile weapon," the agency was quoted as saying.

It said that Pyongyang appeared to try to show that international sanctions are not working and to express its complaints against China or Russia by timing the detonation with a Beijing-hosted five emerging nations BRICS summit and Russia's economic forum slated for later this week.

 

"The North also seemed to want to spark tensions to pressure the United States into changing its North Korea policy," it added.

 

It said that the latest detonation was conducted in a northern tunnel of its nuclear site in the northeastern area where Pyongyang previously carried out three tests.

Meanwhile, South Korea earlier in the day paved the way for the full deployment of a U.S. missile defense system while its military conducted a live-fire drill with North Korea’s test site as the virtual target. The Environment Ministry on Monday conditionally approved an environmental impact report on the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system.

That removes the final administrative hurdle for complete installment of the missile shield, known as Thaad, which China sees as a threat to the region’s “strategic equilibrium.” South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it would install the system’s remaining launchers "soon." The governments in Seoul and Washington were also discussing deployment of a U.S. carrier group and strategic bombers, Yonhap said.

Following Sunday's latest nuclear test, President Trump threatened to increase economic sanctions and halt trade with any nation doing business with North Korea - a threat he has used before without following through. That list would include China - the U.S.’s biggest trading partner - which accounted for about a sixth of its overseas commerce. China hit back at Trump’s threat, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying the comments were "neither objective nor fair."

While Asian stocks fell on Monday as investors turned to haven assets, sending the yen, gold and Treasury futures higher, the fallout was relatively contained with S&P futures down just 0.3% as of 6am ET. The biggest declines were in Tokyo and Seoul, with more moderate reactions elsewhere in the region.

Trump, who threatened over the weekend to pull out of the U.S.-South Korea trade agreement, took a shot at President Moon Jae-in’s administration after the nuclear test. On Twitter, he said that South Korea is finding that its “talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work.” In response, Moon’s office said that war shouldn’t be repeated and that South Korea and its allies “will pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through peace.” The two leaders haven’t spoken since North Korea detonated what it called a hydrogen bomb.

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sickavme (not verified) Haus-Targaryen Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:11 Permalink

Just wanted to point out that most likely they didn't detonate a H-Bomb yesterday... The worlds first H-Bomb (code named Ivy Mike), yielded 10 megatons(and it sucked, badly). The north koreans probably reached 1 megaton with their device yesterday... That means they detonated a "boosted" uranium device(which is not a H-Bomb). But a regular uranium bomb that was spiked with tritium to boost its yield(which is well within their capabilities, tritium can be easily had, they use it for night lights and stuff)... Not sayin that this is good or anything, just sayin because what happened is not matching what is being said. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_Mikehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boosted_fission_weapon

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Slack Jack sickavme (not verified) Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:13 Permalink

Veritas X posted a link to the following interesting article by F. William Engdahl:

Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.

https://journal-neo.org/2016/11/01/north-korea-is-an-pentagon-vassal-st…

Kim Jong Un et al, now (supposedly) threatens "A Super-Powerful EMP Attack....." BUT

An EMP attack is a big nothing.

What would you rather have above your city; an EMP attack or the average ole thermonuclear weapon going off.

An EMP attack would draw a response just the same as a killer blast over Los Angeles.

So why would Kim Jong Un attack the US in the most ineffectual way, when the response would be the same as a full-blooded attack?

Kim Jong Un is sure beginning to sound like false opposition. Maybe Engdahl is right.

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Swampster (not verified) Slack Jack Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:17 Permalink

YOU CAN'T HAVE A NUCLEAR N. KOREA AND A jew WORLD ORDER YOU CAN'T HAVE A NUCLEAR CHINA AND A jew WORLD ORDER YOU CAN'T HAVE A NUCLEAR EUROPE AND A jew WORLD ORDER YOU CAN'T HAVE A NUCLEAR RUSSIA AND A jew WORLD ORDER and you certainly can't have a Bill of Rights or a 2nd Amendment....you stupid fucking Goyim Sheeple!

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Slack Jack Swampster (not verified) Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:27 Permalink

Veritas X posted a link to the following interesting article by F. William Engdahl:

Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.

https://journal-neo.org/2016/11/01/north-korea-is-an-pentagon-vassal-st…

Kim Jong Un et al, now (supposedly) threatens "A Super-Powerful EMP Attack....." BUT

An EMP attack is a big nothing.

What would you rather have above your city; an EMP attack or the average ole thermonuclear weapon going off.

An EMP attack would draw a response just the same as a killer blast over Los Angeles.

So why would Kim Jong Un attack the US in the most ineffectual way, when the response would be the same as a full-blooded attack?

Kim Jong Un is sure beginning to sound like false opposition. Maybe Engdahl is right.

Reflecting on this, it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is their man (i.e., Kim Jong Un is false opposition) but that North Korea is truly an enemy state.

This fits the facts better than Engdahl's hypothesis.

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Stinkytofu (not verified) chubbar Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:22 Permalink

note that textiles are not included in sanctions. note that north korean textile factories are running full out. note that textiles with "made in china" labels are made innorth korean factories and then shippedacross the borderinto china for sale to wal-marts around the world. yes, china can stop this shit.

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HowdyDoody sickavme (not verified) Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:19 Permalink

Whatever. The SAA Special Forces have broken through into Deir Ezzor. The civilians are celebrating the imminent release of the siege. The main SAA+allies forces are very close. The US has a choice - does it send its takfiris reinforcement from al Mayadan up to Deir Ezzor  to delay the inevitable or does it send them to al Hasakah  to give the Turds some time to take Raqqa and move on there to try to seal off east Syria as Turdistan? It doesn't matter as the whole might of the SAA army (and allies) is on a roll and will take Deir Ezzor then move on the relieve the sieges of al Hasakah and al Qamishli returning east Syria to Syrian control.The British know the game is up. Their SF in Syria used to train 'carefully vetted moderate' headchoppers have scuttled back to Jordan.    

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Winston Churchill sickavme (not verified) Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:23 Permalink

Theres a big difference between doing something for the first time and replicating what youknow has already been done.Bearing in mind the assist the Norks have surely had from Pakistanand Iran(old soviet era mirv warheads), Theres little doubt that it was an H bomb ,just 2nd generation,they skippedthe 1st.Everyone keeps underestimating the Norks, not a wise policy.

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Implied Violins Winston Churchill Mon, 09/04/2017 - 15:27 Permalink

I think everyone is overrating the Norks. I bet everything they have is being given them by the international bankers, and maybe even US technology. They are just being used as the patsy for the next 9/11, like the Saudies were.

Remember the true financial history of WWI and WWII, as related by Antony Sutton. That war does not happen without help from the bankers and the USA 'deep state'. The same thing applies here, certainly.

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BritBob Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:37 Permalink

China can deal with North Korea quickly cutting off its supply of oil. In this way, the regime would collapse in a matter of weeks. China does not want a conflict with the USA. because that would be bad for business. Time for China to take action...Or POTUS will cut ALL trade links with China.

Slack Jack nmewn Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:38 Permalink

BritBob Sep 4, 2017 6:37 AM "China can deal with North Korea quickly cutting off its supply of oil. In this way, the regime would collapse in a matter of weeks."

The US can deal with Japan quickly by cutting off its supply of oil. This they did.

In this way, the regime would collapse in a matter of weeks. This did not happen.

Cue,... Pearl Harbor. This did happen.

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EuroPox Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:42 Permalink

Bannon has already said that nothing is going to happen because there is no way to avoid 10m dead in S Korea.  What else do we need to know?

EuroPox VinceFostersGhost Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:08 Permalink

1) Putin's (chess) move is just a news-grabber; it adds to the international pressure of expection, without Russia taking any risk.2) China won't let it happen.3) Even IF the US tries a 'surgical strike' (hahaha - WTF is a 'surgical strike' in NOK?), what then?  500,000 pairs of boots on the ground?4) Back in the 50s the US had nukes and the NORK's didn't - too late now.5) Kim might be able to use a short range nuke but unless he has re-entry tech, he can't hit the US - all he would have is a dirty bomb.Trump needs a face-saver cos this just ain't gonna happen.

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TheSilentMajority Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:02 Permalink

Some experts believe that the load of NK's new Kremofsumyunguy missile can penetrate the Poontang region.

Other experts believe the head of the missle is diminutive and dysfunctionally impotent, and any attempt to to penetrate the Poontang region will result in a "loss of face" for NK.