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

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.


Slack Jack Manthong Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:04 Permalink

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.

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matermaker overbet Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

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?

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Lore matermaker Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:26 Permalink

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.

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earleflorida matermaker Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

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' 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

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HRClinton Looney Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

'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. 

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joego1 curbjob Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

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.

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HRClinton xrxs Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

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

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HRClinton NemesisteM Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

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.

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land_of_the_few khnum Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:22 Permalink

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.

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khnum land_of_the_few Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

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.

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