Sunday, 10 December, 2017

N. Korea's new missile could be deployable by 2018

Professor Chung-in Moon N. Korea's new missile could be deployable by 2018
Theresa Hayes | 03 December, 2017, 01:40

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer said in a statement that the launch of a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload across thousands of miles - far enough to threaten cities in the continental United States - violates global laws and demands a strong worldwide response.

The Hwasong-15, Moon said during the phone call, "is clearly the most advanced missile to date which North Korea has developed, but its technology for reentry and for guidance in the terminal stage have not yet been proven, nor is it certain whether [North Korea] has acquired the technology for miniaturizing nuclear warheads".

Some expect Pyongyang to finally pause its provocative testing program since it has declared that it's finally achieved a historic cause of completing nuclear weapons while others remain skeptical with Mr. Trump not having ruled out the military option just yet.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo announced plans for the brigade in September.

Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, made the projection in a post on the North Korea analysis website 38 North, based on newly released photos of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.

The drills will mark the first time that six of the stealth fighters fly over South Korea at once, according to the report.

The Hwasong-15 is two metres longer than its predecessor, the Hwasong-14, and analysts were still examining the second-stage engine, he said.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said it believed that North Korea was unlikely to engage in more missile and rocket tests anytime soon due to a number of reasons, including the northern hemisphere winter season.

But, what could be a positive sign is the US president's commitment to send a high-level delegation to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics set to kick off in just 70 days.

"Kim Jong-un is acting in a very calculative, clever manner", Mr Song was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying.

North Korea is known to test fewer missiles in the fourth quarter of the year, when troops are called to help with harvests and the cold strains its fuel supplies.

Remarks are aimed at preventing US and North Korea from escalating tense situationAttention is focusing on the reasons why South Korean President Moon Jae-in told US President Donald Trump in a phone call on November 30 that North Korea's Hwasong-15 missile has not been completely developed. It launched an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, that state-controlled media described as the "most powerful ICBM" carrying a "super-large heavy warhead" to unprecedented heights of nearly 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles). Moon's message also reflects the concern that acknowledging North Korea's claim that it has completed its ICBM development and its state nuclear force could make the North Korean nuclear issue even harder to resolve.