North Korean missile launch coming within days

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A suspected Musudan missile is launched in this undated photo from the Korean Central New Agency.  Courtesy of KCNA
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A suspected Musudan missile is launched in this undated photo from the Korean Central New Agency. Courtesy of KCNA

North Korean missile launch coming within days

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 03, 2016

South Korean officials say they are closely observing North Korean military maneuvers, following a news report that the North may launch another ballistic missile within days.

The Unification and Defense ministries could not confirm a Fox Business Network report of a pending intermediate-range missile launch, which cited two unidentified U.S. officials, due to policy over releasing classified intelligence.

“I could say the government is fully prepared for possible various kinds of North Korean provocations and has been paying sharp attention to relevant movements,” a Unification Ministry spokesman told reporters Wednesday.

A North Korean missile launch would be first since Oct. 20, when U.S. and South Korean officials reported a failed Musudan intermediate-range missile test.

Musudan missiles are fired off mobile platforms and are suspected to have a range of 1,500-2,500 miles — enough to threaten U.S. bases in Japan and Guam, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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