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    North Korea Forms New Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Unit - Reports

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    North Korea has formed a new military unit to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), South Korean media cited its government sources as saying Sunday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said this week Pyongyang expanded the size of its ballistic missile forces to include KN-08 road-mobile ICBM.

    North Korea has now established the so-called KN-08 Brigade under its Strategic Forces, multiple unnamed sources told the Yonhap news service.

    The move indicates that Pyongyang has "inched closer to fielding the road-mobile ICBM."

    Experts assess KN-08 has range of at least 6,200 miles.

    The KN-08 system was first unveiled at an April 2012 military parade commemorating the 100th birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung.

    Last Sunday, North Korea launched a three-stage rocket that placed a small satellite into orbit.

    Although Pyongyang said its launch was part of a peaceful effort to explore space, the technology of the rocket was nearly identical to those used by North Korea to deliver nuclear weapons.

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