KIM Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies.The hermit nation has dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons program under his rule, leading to a series of disputes between Kim and President Donald Trump. Here's the latest...In July 2017, North Korea successfully launched the country's first inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which had the capability of reaching US territory.The Pentagon, the US military headquarters, believes North Korea has around 200 missile launchers across the country, which can be used to fire short and medium-range missiles.The most likely target of such a missile launch would be South Korea, Japan, Australia and possibly US territories in the Pacific Ocean.Revised estimates suggest the total number of missiles the rogue state has is believed to be between 13 and 21.And the regime is estimated to have at least four nuclear warheads.Before the test of a suspected … [Read more...] about North Korea ballistic missile launch latest – what nuclear weapons does Kim Jong-un have and could they reach the US?
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NORTH Korea has declared its latest ballistic missile tests were meant to be a “stern warning” against US President Donald Trump's threats of new sanctions.After Friday's successful test launch, crackpot dictator Kim Jong-un has bragged of being able to unleash nuclear apocalypse across the United States. To celebrate his latest success, the tubby tyrant threw a huge banquet for elite members of his Communist regime - which rules over a country hit by food rations. Meanwhile, state propaganda this morning claimed Donald Trump's push for fresh sanctions provided "further justification" for developing nukes. The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test was "meant to send a stern warning to the US making senseless remarks, being lost to reason in the frantic sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK [North Korea]". Independent experts feared the latest tests bring Los Angeles and Chicago well within range. But they believe North Korea’s … [Read more...] about North Korea says missile launch was a ‘stern warning’ for Donald Trump as China brands US President a ‘spoiled child’
THE US has shot down a simulated incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile similar to the one launched by North Korea last week.The test of the state-of-the-art THAAD missile defence system, over the Pacific Ocean, comes amid heightened concerns about the nuclear threat from Pyongyang.Trigger-happy tyrant Kim Jong-un reportedly laughed as he fired his military's first ICBM declaring it a special "gift for American b******s on July 4".Bizarrely describing the intercontinental missile as a "handsome good-looking boy" the despot "added that we "should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom".Now America's military has carried out its own show of strength to prove it is ready for anything fired its way.The test was the first-ever of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system against an incoming IRBM - which is faster and more difficult target to hit than shorter-range missiles.The US Missile Defense Agency said the IRBM was designed to behave … [Read more...] about US military blows North Korea-style missile out of the sky in test aimed at showing Kim Jong-un who is boss
Kim, announcing the second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, said it demonstrated that North Korea could launch "at any place and time." The KCNA also quoted him as saying that "the test confirmed all the US mainland is within our striking range." But should these claims be taken seriously? Can North Korean ICBMs really strike any target in the US? After all, North Korean leaders are known for exaggerating their nuclear and missile program achievements. Read: What is an intercontinental ballistic missile? Standard trajectory and altitude But it seems that Pyongyang is not entirely incorrect about its ICMB claims. Military analysts say the latest North Korean ballistic missile appeared to have a range of around 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), which would put the US mainland within its reach. "Based on current information, today's missile test by North Korea could easily reach the US West Coast, and a number of major US cities," arms expert David Wright … [Read more...] about Which US cities could North Korea’s ballistic missile hit?
North Korea's latest missile launches were conducted in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry and the US Department of State. The tests are believed to be of medium-range Musudan missiles. The range of Musudan missiles is estimated to be between 2,500 to 4,000 kilometers (1,500 - 2,500 miles), but North Korea's missiles traveled far shorter distances. The first missile fell apart after traveling around 150 kilometers, but the second missile made it 400 kilometers. The theoretical range would mean a fully-operational missile would be able to strike South Korea, Japan and US military institutions on Guam. Threat of further sanctions While the missiles did not travel close to their maximum range, the launches represent significant progress for North Korea's ballistic missile program and their potential capability to conduct a nuclear missile launch . Four previous attempts to launch this kind of missile failed. The UN Security Council has … [Read more...] about North Korea expands missile capacity in new tests
Defense researchers linked the momentous advances in North Korea's missile system to technology found in the Soviet RD-250 family of rocket engines, according to a report published by the London-based International Institute for Security Studies (IISS) on Monday. "North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) from a foreign source," said IISS missile researcher Michael Elleman in the report. "Available evidence clearly indicates that the LPE is based on the Soviet RD-250 family of engines, and has been modified to operate as the boosting force for the Hwasong-12 and Hwasong-14." Read more: What is an intercontinental ballistic missile? But Oleksandr Turchynov, who serves as the secretary of Ukraine's Security and Defense Council, denied that Ukrainian authorities played any part in the alleged acquisition of Soviet missile technology. "This information is not based on any grounds, provocative by its content, and most likely provoked by Russian secret … [Read more...] about North Korea’s missile program linked to Soviet technology, says report
The missiles, believed to be of Scud variations, were fired from the North Korean city of Kaesong near the border with the South. They had a range of about 500 kilometers (311 miles), a South Korean military official said. The launches are the latest in a series of missile tests by the North, apparently in response to the joint annual US-South Korean naval exercise, scheduled for July 16-21. The US aircraft carrier George Washington arrived in the southern port of Busan on Friday, which North Korea called a "reckless nuclear blackmail and threat." "The US should properly understand that the more persistently it resorts to reckless nuclear blackmail and threat, the further (the North) will bolster up its cutting-edge nuclear force for self-defense," said the North's top military body, the National Defense Commission. Although Pyongyangregularly conducts test firings, this year has seen an unusually high number of launches. South Korean officials have confirmed 90 since mid-February. … [Read more...] about North Korea launches missiles ahead of US-Seoul drills
The Seoul-based news agency reported that a North Korean KN-11 missile was fired between 2.20 p.m. (0520 UTC) and 2.40 p.m. local time on Saturday. The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was discharged from a submerged barge in the Sea of Japan but there was no indication that the missile successful ejected from the vessel and took off, it said. Quoting an unnamed South Korean government official, Yonhap reported that the rocket flew about 150 meters (490 feet) out of the water. "There is no identification of a missile taking flight and only fragments of a safety cover were observed so it's highly likely that the launch was a misfire," the source was cited as saying. North Korean officials have yet to reveal details of the test, but they did declare a no-sail zone off the country's eastern coast two weeks ago. Pyongyang is still years away from developing submarine missile launch technology, the Reuters news agency reported. Seoul concerned If Saturday's test is … [Read more...] about North Korea ballistic missile test fails – report
Russia, China and the US have all called for calm after North Korea said it test-fired seven missiles off its eastern coast, further raising tensions in the region. It was the largest barrage of ballistic missiles launched by Pyongyang since 2006. China and Russia called for a return to six-party talks, while the US urged the North not to "aggravate tensions." South Korea and Japan meanwhile have condemned the tests as “a serious act of provocation” and a "threat to regional security." South Korea's Defense Ministry confirmed that North Korea had fired seventh missiles over a period of just more than eight hours. "It is a provocative act that clearly violates UN Security Council resolutions," a statement from the ministry said. Japan said the missiles were a "serious act of provocation against the security of neighboring countries." It's believed the missiles were 'Scud-type', which are included in the list of ballistic missiles the UN has banned North Korea from using. … [Read more...] about International condemnation as North Korea launches missiles
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly condemned the launch of the latest launch of a North Korean missile, saying that Tokyo could "never tolerate" what he called a "dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace." "If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future. We must make North Korea understand this," Abe said. The Japanese military has said that a missile fired by North Korea flew over Hokkaido island early on Thursday, then plunged into the Pacific. The longest-ever flight from a North Korean rocket was a move in clear defiance of its rivals who recently pushed through a new raft of economic sanctions against Pyongyang at the UN Security Council. Read more: Where did North Korea get its missile technology? The North Korea crisis: 10 questions, 10 answers North Korea: From war to nuclear weapons Residents of Hokkaido described the terrifying wake-up call they faced as the missile flew overhead. Millions of … [Read more...] about North Korea launches missile over Japan