North Korea Preparing To Test Largest ICBM Yet, Defector Warns

Despite a deluge of media reports warning that North Korea was planning to commemorate its October anniversary of the founding of the country’s ruling party with a missile test or – possibly – a nuclear blast, the date passed in relative obscurity.

But don’t expect a repeat of this year’s calm when the hermit kingdom celebrates its seventieth anniversary in October 2018. This time around, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly already hoping to test a new missile that will be the largest in the rouge regime’s arsenal, according to a defector who is reportedly familiar with the country’s missile program.

 

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The report comes a day after Kim Jong Un warned that North Korea would soon begin mass producing nuclear weapons, and urged South Korea to join it for a much-needed dialogue ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

According to the New York Times, Kim’s call for dialogue is part of a strategy to damage relations between South Korea’s liberal president Moon Jae-in. One Russian official said Tuesday morning that high-level talks between the two leaders could significantly deescalate tensions on the peninsula.

Meanwhile, Kim warned the US that “a nuclear launch button is never far from his desk.”

Here's the Telegraph:

 

Kim Jong-un has ordered North Korean scientists to construct a missile that will be the largest in the regime's arsenal and to have it ready to be launched on September 9, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the republic, according to a defector.

His account suggests the North Korean leader issued the order at a two-day meeting of senior military leaders and scientists in Pyongyang in mid-December.

The defector has not been named, but was described by Japan's Mainichi newspaper, as someone who was involved in the regime's missile programme and has retained links to contacts in the North.

He told the newspaper the missile will be designated the Unha-4 and will be a larger version of the Unha-3, a three-stage vehicle which North Korea claims is a rocket designed to put satellites into orbit.

An Unha-3 was successfully launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, in the far north-west of the country, in February 2016. The rocket is believed to have placed a small satellite in orbit, but experts have been unable to detect any transmissions from the satellite. North Korea insists it has the sovereign right to operate rockets and satellites, although the United Nations Security Council has condemned Unha-class rocket launches on the grounds that the vehicles are essentially modified long-range missiles and that the North is using the tests to advance its inter-continental strike capabilities, the Telegraph reported.

 

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In recent months, South Korea has seized two ships suspected of violating sanctions prohibiting at-sea transfers of energy products to North Korean ships. Russian tankers have also been accused of selling oil to vessels flying the North Korean flag.

The new rocket will be larger than the Unha-3, which is about 98 feet long and is based on the Soviet Union's Scud ballistic missile technology. The defector claims that development of the body of the Unha-4 is effectively complete but that scientists will need another six months to have the new weapon ready to launch.

 

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It has been suggested that the rocket will be used to place a satellite in orbit to guide and observe future missile launches by the North, although it may also be used to test the ability of a warhead to survive re-entry into the atmosphere.

While North Korea has made significant advances in its intercontinental ballistic missile technology, analysts believe that Kim's scientists have still not full mastered shielding a warhead from the intense heat that builds up during re-entry.

The reports coincide with the release of a study by the Sejong Institute of South Korea warning that the North still needs to demonstrate that its ICBMs can fly the full ICBM trajectory while carrying the weight of a warhead to prove that the North does have an effective nuclear deterrent.

"The North's seventh nuclear test could take place not underground but over the Pacific," Cheong Seong-chang, a senior analyst, said in the report.

 

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Pandelis Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

another piece of the puzzle is to watch what is going on in South Korea ...

corruption charges against the el-presidente,

change bring a newbie (the same style of bringing newbies to run countries so you dont have to deal with the former elite)

corruption charges against samsung familly and quite a few other conglomerates ... until now everything was fine, all of sudden everyone is being changed and attacked.

 

creating a war is not easy, normally people do not want to go and fight, they want a home, familly and leave in peace.

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Pandelis Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:56 Permalink

yeah well, trumptard needs some cover ...

 

it was clear he had his orders since he was tweeting his secretary of state to not bother with diplomacy.

 

when the war starts there ... watch the middle east ...

 

it is planned from the start ... in 1950s to divert attention from what will happen in middle east.

 

Damascus will be the place where all will be decided.

Pandelis 44magnum Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

there were one hundred new countries created the last 70 years ... to name a few ...

 

cousins fight each other without even knowing it ... there was an episode during world war I when germans and french troops dropped the guns and celebrated together christmas ... people did not even know why were they fighting against each other, let alone the whole World War I ....

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Dark star Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

Quote;

"This time around, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly already hoping to test a new missile that will be the largest in the rouge regime’s arsenal,---- "

Rogues do not wear rouge.

Rouge is worn by actors and brothel madams to make their cheeks  (on their face usually) red.

Bemused Observer Dark star Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

I just posted the same criticism, they'll probably downvote me too now...I don't care, I stand with you, Dark star. The word 'rouge' takes the bite out of what was supposed to be a serious criticism of NK. It brings up an image of Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games...probably not what the author had in mind while thinking of ways to describe the North Korean leadership and their nuclear threat.

What KILLS me is that it was in the bolded text. Someone had to select that sentence for bolding, so it HAD to be read more than once. Maybe you miss it the first time around, but surely when you go back and highlight the text you go, "Oh crap! How'd that happen?", and fix it before publication?

Or the person that takes the article and posts it here takes a glance, and goes, "Oh crap! How'd that happen?", and fixes it before publication...

Sloppy work makes for sloppy thoughts.

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rejected Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

Any American out their with a memory remember the Iraqi defector (aka CIA Asshole) telling about 'thug' Saddam's WMD? Now the same MO about 'thug'  Kim.

When will American's get tired of being treated like Mushrooms from a bunch of low IQ government employees and even lower IQ Intel Agencies? 

And who really gives a shit about missiles NK tests? Many nations test them all the time. Dontcha remember,,, we're always told how technology superior the US is? Anyone think the trajectory can't be computed?

What the hell's wrong with us? Pakistan has nukes and Emperor Trump just called them basically a bunch of assholes. No one seems worried about their nukes.

Here's a damn News Years Resolution for the US and us citizens. Stop the bombing. Stop the Invasions. Stop the Threats. Stop overthrowing governments. Stop funding Terrorism. Stop arming Terrorists.

You cry and whine about the debt. Bring the god damned military home.

STOP THREATENING THE WORLD!

or someone for sure will bomb the shit out of us.....

Txpl9421 Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:41 Permalink

They detonate a nuke in open air and they are done.

This is pure propaganda.  The sheep are being told there will get nice showers after they walk up that ramp.

Chupacabra-322 Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:45 Permalink

I call Bull Shit.

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the Deep State CIA / Mossad will continue to use NK as a distraction while “through deception thou shall do War” in Iran.

Which is the real “Yinion” Plan & ZioNeoConFascist goal.

Vageling Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:00 Permalink

Does this mean he gets a bigger button too? He should probably get a bigger desk too then. Problem is that it will make the chubby midget look even smaller. Quite the dilemma his chubbiness faces. 

Bemused Observer Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

ROGUE regime...not 'rouge' regime! Jesus H Christ, that one is barely forgivable. It LOOKS wrong, and should have been spotted immediately with a cursory reading. Especially since it occurs within the bolded text of the third sentence in...

I'm not a grammar nazi, and can be very flexible with the rules, but 'rouge' is a thing, it is old-timey cheek blush, and carries considerably less punch as a description of a renegade wanna-be nuclear power than ROGUE would.

You get the ruler across the knuckles for that one.

Arrest Hillary Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:10 Permalink

The "Hermit Kingdom" .... sounds like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale .... I'm sure Nork political prisoners will be comforted .... with this "Communism Lite" characterization ?

silverer Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

With all the testing, the rocket just might stay where it is and the whole area under it might go down. Aside from that, I thought Kim would be wise enough to take a break from the testing, and let things cool down a bit.  I guess not.

Fireman Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:50 Permalink

USSANS are pretty slow and still don't seem to get it. Lil Kim is just China's version of Nudelman's Porky Poroshenko aka Walzman the chosenite, in NAZI shithole Kiev. Remember all those "big, beautiful" Chinese resort islands sprouting all over China's South China Sea? Well they are growing like 'shrooms but Chumpy can't do jackshit about it either.

 

What next a color coded black lives matter Antifa fascist spring awakening in Slumville?