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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan (R) wave during celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 12, 2015

    North Korea Set to Deploy KN08 Ballistic Missile

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    North Korea has taken steps toward the deployment of its KN08 (Hwasong-13) road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could potentially launch a nuclear strike on the United States.

    North Korea has formed a new "military unit" subordinate to Strategic Rocket Forces to deploy the weapon, Yonhap reported Sunday, citing US and South Korean officials.

    On February 9 US director of national intelligence James R. Clapper said in a report to the senate armed services committee that North Korea had begun fielding the KN08 system, despite the fact that it "has not been flight-tested."

    "North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs will continue to pose a serious threat to US interests and to the security environment in East Asia in 2016," he stated. "Pyongyang is committed to developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of posing a direct threat to the United States."

    On February 12 the Pentagon issued its annual North Korea Military Report, stating, "if successfully designed and developed, the KN08 likely would be capable of reaching much of the continental United States."

    However, the report noted that the intercontinental ballistic missiles cannot be considered reliable without additional trials, stating that multiple flight tests are required to identify and correct design and manufacturing defects of the "extremely complex systems." The pace of the development process will be slower without aid from abroad, according to Pentagon statements, and currently the northern state lacks the technology for a nuclear strike against the US.

    In its 10 October 2015 military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Pyongyang unveiled a modified version of the ICBM with an apparent smaller and blunter nuclear warhead.

    Last month North Korea surprised the international community by announcing that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Earlier this month, Pyongyang violated UN resolutions by launching a long-range rocket, claiming it was part of a "purely scientific space programme."

    South Korea, the US, Russia, Japan and other countries highly criticized the move, saying it was a disguised ballistic missile test.

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    • jas
      I'm beginning to have a lot of respect for this man. It takes courage to do what he's doing. They're just mad because Kim Jong-un is a strong leader.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      Why doesn't South Korea reach out to North Korea in the same way that the former West Germany did to the former German Democratic Republic (GDR)? They could hopefully defuse the tense situation over a matter of years of goodwill.
    • linebackerk
      Hwasung-13 (KN08) has a range of 13,000km and so it can cover the US continent. The Hwasung-13 has been operational for some time and might not be the latest ICBMs. With the mobile ICBMs in place, North Korea is developing SLBMs, and some are already operational.

      Here is the deal. North Korea has an enormous amount of natural uranium reserve and literally can produce an unlimited number of nukes.
    • tonyw247
      well considering the us is a threat to nearly all other countries I can understand their concerns. If the us was really interested in world peace they would be pulling in their horns and trying to find diplomatic solutions to this sort of problem ..unfortunately their "diplomatic" solution is to bomb the crap out of anybody that dares question them
    • tonyw247
      well considering the us is a threat to nearly all other countries I can understand their concerns. If the us was really interested in world peace they would be pulling in their horns and trying to find diplomatic solutions to this sort of problem ..unfortunately their "diplomatic" solution is to bomb the crap out of anybody that dares question them
    • Bob Hoferer
      This will surely give Obamahaha, Kerry, the Pantygon and many others something to 'howl' about again. Does my old heart good. I'm beginning to feel like I have a reason to live when I see articles like this. Between Russia, China and NK, things are beginning to LOOK UP.
    • siberianhusky
      How about the reverse side of this.
      America has rockets that can reach North Korea and can carry multiple nuclear missiles on them.

      I would trust neither of them.

      It would be a fair statement from Kim if he would say that America is a direct threat, to quote Crapper, too him
    • siberianhuskyin reply tolinebackerk(Show commentHide comment)
      linebackerk,
      Good for them. American way is carry a bigger gun then everybody else and prevent everybody else of getting the same.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Ever notice how the U.S. officials portray anything North Korea does as a real an present danger? U.S. media also presents North Korean actions as further reason for their presence in South Korea or Japan. Not to mention that weapons sales to these countries increases from the U.S. Most of the fear mongering that has went on in U.S. system comes off as crying wolf now. Ordinary folks don't even pay it much mind. Let countries settle their own matters, especially if they do not ask you to come. I mean, really, you go into someone's house when they did not ask you to. There are clear words like burglar, thief, and arsonist that describe each violation you make along the way.
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