North Korean mobile ballistic missile poses threat to US: Pentagon

(From Bloomberg)

North Korea continues to develop a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that “would likely be capable of reaching much of the continental United States,” the Pentagon said in a new report to Congress on the secretive regime’s military capabilities.

Large missiles, believed to be KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles, are paraded in Pyongyang, North Korea during the 70th anniversary celebrations of its ruling party's creation, on Oct. 10, 2015

Large missiles, believed to be KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles, paraded in Pyongyang during a parade in  2015

The KN-08 missile would have an estimated range of more than 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometers), and North Korea already has six “road-mobile” launchers for it, according to the annual report delivered to congressional committees Friday and obtained by Bloomberg News.

A mobile missile can be harder to track than a silo-based weapon, although the threat from the KN-08 depends on whether it’s “successfully designed and developed,” the defense department cautioned.

The new report, reaffirming a judgment about the KN-08 made by the Pentagon in 2013, arrives amid rising tensions after North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Jan. 6 and launched a long-range rocket on Feb. 7. South Korea and the U.S. have said they will begin talks about deploying an American ballistic missile interceptor system known as THAAD on the Korean peninsula. Read More

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