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Kim Jong-Un Says North Korea Planning A ‘Monster’ Intercontinental Missile Launch In April In Return To Proactive Nuclear Arms Testing Program

North Korea’s renewed determination to test an ICBM comes at a delicate time in the region, with a new, more hawkish president, conservative Yoon Suk-yeol, set to take control in South Korea. Yoon – who has threatened Pyongyang with a pre-emptive strike and promised to tell “rude boy” Kim to behave – looks set to take a hard line with the North after five years under dovish liberal President Moon Jae-in. But this approach is likely to lead to a cycle of escalation that will ratchet up tensions, says professor Yang Moo-jin.

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Kim Jong-Un in North Korea has been using satellite subterfuge to test parts of a so-called ‘monster’ missile, analysts say, as it gears up for a sanctions-shattering launch ahead of a key domestic anniversary in April.

When Donald Trump was president, North Korea was quite tame, and he and King Jong-Un got along famously writing ‘love letters’ to each other. But after a year of pretend president Biden, global bad actors suddenly feel emboldened again, as we have been watching over the past 2-plus weeks in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:6 (KJB)

North Korea is one of those states, like Iran, that always seems to bluster more than they bite, but every once in a while do something that reminds you of how dangerously they actually can be. Russia has been percolating for 8 years, and then, they move on Ukraine stunning everyone. King Jong-Un is a nutcase, but one that deserves to be taken seriously.

North Korea plans ‘monster’ missile launch by April: Analysts

FROM CHANNEL NEWS ASIA: Pyongyang has conducted a record nine weapons tests so far this year, in what experts see as an effort to work through a laundry list of strategic weapons set out by leader Kim Jong Un. One top priority is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can carry multiple warheads – the Hwasong-17, dubbed a “monster missile” and first unveiled at a parade in October 2020. It has never been test-fired – but Washington said Thursday (Mar 10) Pyongyang had recently tested parts of it disguised as a satellite.

North Korea has been observing a self-imposed moratorium on testing long range and nuclear weapons, but with talks stalled and sanctions still in place, it seems close to tearing it up.

“I think the moratorium is as good as over. We should expect to see a return to ICBM testing,” said US-based security analyst Ankit Panda.

The tests of purported “reconnaissance satellite” components on February 27 and March 5 were likely the Hwasong-17, possibly the technology to “carry and deliver multiple warheads”, he said.

“North Korea hasn’t demonstrated the latter capability before, even if it has tested ICBMs capable of ranging the United States three times,” he said.

CYCLE OF ESCALATION

North Korea’s renewed determination to test an ICBM comes at a delicate time in the region, with a new, more hawkish president, conservative Yoon Suk-yeol, set to take control in South Korea. Yoon – who has threatened Pyongyang with a pre-emptive strike and promised to tell “rude boy” Kim to behave – looks set to take a hard line with the North after five years under dovish liberal President Moon Jae-in. But this approach is likely to lead to a cycle of escalation that will ratchet up tensions, Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.

Launches will be met with fresh sanctions, to which “Pyongyang will likely respond by test-firing more weapons”. North Korea paused its tests to “make room for diplomacy and avoid further sanctions”, but always kept working on diversifying its missiles, said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul. Eventually, “in order to ensure accuracy and reentry capability, such weapons need to be tested”, he said.

Masking these as satellite tests can help them to “buy time” to develop what they need to launch an ICBM, said Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean studies scholar, told AFP.

And Pyongyang has a clear deadline: North Korea will mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of founding leader and Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung in April and likes to mark key domestic anniversaries with military parades or launches.

“It’s very likely that North Korea is going to test-fire an ICBM on April 15 for Kim Il Sung’s birthday,” Ahn said. READ MORE

North Korea Tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System, Says US Officials

U.S. intelligence agencies say they now believe that North Korea’s latest two missile launches were actually secret tests of a new “intercontinental ballistic missile system.” A senior administration official calls the recent tests, “a serious escalation.” In response, the U.S. has stepped up surveillance activities in the region and enacted “enhanced readiness” for its missile defense forces.

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Kim Jong Un Wears Leather Jacket And Aviator Frames As North Korea Releases ‘Top Gun’ Style Video For Their Latest Nuclear-Capable Missile Launch

The ’80s-inspired soundtrack quickens as the video cuts back and forth between Kim and the officers glancing at their watches — before the strongman removes his sunglasses. He then gazes dramatically into the camera and gives a subtle nod to begin the launch sequence. An officer yells into a phone, a soldier waves a flag and several rogue regime troops begin screaming in a command trailer as the countdown begins. “Fire!” one of Kim’s men shouts, prompting the launch button to be pushed. The missile flies skyward, spewing red flames and thick smoke, as Kim and his entourage raise their hands in triumph.

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Kim Jong Un channeled his inner Maverick from the hit 1986 flick ‘Top Gun’ to star in a bizarre Hollywood-style video for North Korea’s latest missile launch.

On one hand, it’s funny and laughable, the idea of the portly and rotund Kim Jong Un making a ‘Top Gun’ inspired video of North Korea’s latest nuclear-capable missile launch. That’s the funny part. The not so funny part is that fact that North Korea is once again aggressively conducting nuclear-capable missiles tests that they largely did not do while Donald Trump was the president. Everyone used to laugh at Hitler, too, how funny did that turn out in the end? Not so much, eh? The missile North Korea fired off, the Hwasong-17,  is the largest road-mobile, liquid-fueled ICBM in the world, and could be designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads. Still laughing?

“Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.” Isaiah 3:25 (KJB)

In case you haven’t noticed, while Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, China is furiously building up military islands, Iran has just signed a new nuclear agreement with Russia, and North Korea gets closer and closer to actually firing nuclear missiles. Historians also like to talk about the ‘powder keg’ of events in those days was just waiting for a ‘spark’ to blow the whole thing up, and that happened on July 24, 1914. In 2022, our powder keg of end times events is filled to overflowing, and we are just waiting for whatever that spark is going to be.

Kim Jong Un channels ‘Top Gun’ in bizarre video of North Korea Hwasong-17 missile launch

FROM THE NY POST: The diminutive despot assumed a larger-than-life role in Pyongyang’s slick production — sporting a shiny leather jacket and slick aviator shades as he oversaw the first launch of the Hwasong-17 on Thursday. Flanked by military officers, Kim is shown walking in slow motion and pointing as hangar doors swing open to reveal the massive intercontinental ballistic missile.

The ’80s-inspired soundtrack quickens as the video cuts back and forth between Kim and the officers glancing at their watches — before the strongman removes his sunglasses. He then gazes dramatically into the camera and gives a subtle nod to begin the launch sequence. An officer yells into a phone, a soldier waves a flag and several rogue regime troops begin screaming in a command trailer as the countdown begins.

“Fire!” one of Kim’s men shouts, prompting the launch button to be pushed. The missile flies skyward, spewing red flames and thick smoke, as Kim and his entourage raise their hands in triumph.

In the next scene, a smiling Kim is seen strolling shoulder to shoulder with soldiers clad in desert-style combat uniforms and body armor. The surreal clip quickly sparked memes and remixes on social media, where users called the dictator “Top Kim” and compared the video to the South Korean K-pop hit “Gangnam Style” — changed to “Pyongyang Style.”

The Korean Central News Agency said the Hwasong-17, which was first unveiled in October 2020, reached a maximum altitude of 3,880 miles and flew 680 miles in 67 minutes before crashing into Japanese waters. Kim previously gained viral fame when he rode a white horse up the sacred Mount Paektu in October 2019. His father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, was an avid movie fan who in 1978 ordered the kidnapping of a South Korean director and an actor to help develop the Hermit Kingdom’s cinema industry, according to the Guardian. READ MORE

Kim Jong Un Releases ‘Top Gun’ Style Video For Upcoming Missile Launch

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North Korea Launches State-Of-The-Art Hypersonic Missile In Defiance Of Pusillanimous United Nations Security Council Resolutions

North Korea has launched a state-of-the-art hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8, state media has claimed today, defying the United Nations.

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North Korea has launched a state-of-the-art hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8, state media has claimed today.

For the four years that Donald Trump was president, the  rogue nation of North Korea was largely contained, and missile tests like the one they fired off today had all but vanished. But pretend president ‘Walkaway Joe’ Biden inspires fear in no one, not in North Korea, not in the Taliban, not anywhere actually. Wait, I take that back. Joe Biden inspires fear in the hearts of minds of American citizens as we watch his methodical destruction of the United States.

“He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.” Job 12:23 (KJB)

North Korea is one of those nations that does wacky things, oppresses their own people, and is usually the butt of political jokes right up to the day where their test missiles start blowing stuff up for real. The world learned a great lesson with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany as to why you should never underestimate clownish foreign dictators. A lesson that is all but forgotten in 2021.

North Korea tests new hypersonic missile one day after US launches Mach 5 weapon

FROM THE MIRROR UK: On Tuesday the country’s military fired the weapon off its east coast towards the sea, South Korea’s military said. KCNA, North Korea’s state media, later announced that the missile was hypersonic. Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometres (3,853 miles) per hour.

The latest test underscored the steady development of North Korea’s weapons systems, raising the stakes for stalled talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for US sanctions relief. Pyongyang has called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programs to restart diplomatic talks. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not inspect the launch, according to the report.

On Monday, the United States announced it had tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon. In doing so it marked the first successful test of the class of weapon since 2013, the Pentagon said. Certain countries are pumping money into hypersonic weapons because of their ability to rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional ways of blocking them. In July, Russia said it had successfully tested a Tsirkon(Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has touted as part of a new generation of missile systems without equal in the world..

Today, North Korea said its missile, called Hwasong-8, performed to its technical specifications “including the guiding manoeuvrability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead.” North Korea and South Korea both test fired ballistic missiles on September 15, the latest volley in an arms race in which both nations have developed increasingly sophisticated weapons while efforts prove fruitless to get talks going on defusing tensions. READ MORE

North Korea fires what analysts believe to be hypersonic missile

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Japan Moves To Highest Threat Level As North Korea Says Strike On US Military Bases Coming

Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as condemnation of the regime swelled.

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Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled.

Three of the four missiles fired Monday came down provocatively close to US ally Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone, representing a challenge to US President Donald Trump.

In separate phone calls, Trump — whose rhetoric on the campaign trail had raised doubts about the issue — reaffirmed Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to Japan and South Korea. The US will demonstrate to Pyongyang that there were “very dire consequences” for its actions, the White House said in a statement.

The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday after a request by Washington and Tokyo to discuss additional measures following the launch.

Under UN resolutions, Pyongyang is barred from any use of ballistic missile technology, and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Twitter that the world “won’t allow” North Korea to continue on its “destructive path”.

But six sets of UN sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.

Kim Jong-Un gave the order for the drill to start, the North’s official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

“Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets”, he praised the Hwasong artillery unit that carried it out, it said.

“The four ballistic rockets launched simultaneously are so accurate that they look like acrobatic flying corps in formation, he said,” the agency added, referring to Kim.

The military units involved are “tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency”, KCNA said. The Korean version of the KCNA report said the North’s missile launch demonstrated its readiness to “wipe out” enemy forces with a “merciless nuclear strike”.

A series of photographs published by the North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim watching the missiles rise into the air and another of him smiling gleefully, clapping with other officials.

Seoul and Washington last week began annual joint military exercises that always infuriate Pyongyang.

It regularly issues threats against its enemies, and carried out two atomic tests and a series of missile launches last year, but Monday was only the second time its devices have come down in Japan’s EEZ.

The launches came ahead of a trip by new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the region.

Choi Kang, an analyst at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said the launch was a warning to Tokyo.

“North Korea is demonstrating that its target is not just limited to the Korean peninsula anymore but can extend to Japan at anytime and even the US,” he said.

Trump has described North Korea as a “big, big problem” and vowed to deal with the issue “very strongly”.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday the administration was taking steps to “enhance our ability to defend against North Korea’s ballistic missiles”.

The New York Times reported at the weekend that under former president Barack Obama the US stepped up cyber attacks against North Korea to try to sabotage its missiles before launch or just as they lift off.

The US military has begun deploying the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system to South Korea to protect against threats from the North, US Pacific Command said, with its first elements arriving on Monday.

Pyongyang wants to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland — something Trump has vowed would not happen.

It has undoubtedly made progress in its efforts in recent years, although questions remain over its ability to master re-entry technology and miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile warhead.

The THAAD deployment has infuriated China, the North’s key diplomatic ally and crucial to efforts to persuade it to change its ways, and it has imposed several steps seen as economic retaliation against South Korea.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that Beijing remained “firmly opposed” to THAAD and will “resolutely take necessary measures to defend our own security interests”.

Beijing has become increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile activities, and last month announced a suspension of all coal imports from the North until the end of the year — a crucial source of foreign currency.

The North’s missile launch could have been an attempt to distract attention from the murder of Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last month, South Korea’s acting president Hwang Kyo-Ahn said Tuesday.

Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for the killing of the half-brother of the North’s leader by two women using VX nerve agent.

With diplomatic tensions soaring, Pyongyang announced Tuesday it was banning Malaysians in North Korea from leaving the country, prompting a similar response from Kuala Lumpur. Both had already expelled the other’s ambassador. source


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