North Korean missiles pose 'clear, grave threat' to US
WASHINGTON — North Korea’s latest missile launch showed the country has made progress in developing weapons that pose a danger to the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.
North Korea’s ballistic missiles represent “a clear, grave threat to our national security,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. “North Korea openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
North Korea’s use of a tracked, motorized system and solid-state fuel to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile Saturday showed the country’s continued development of its capabilities, he said.
The missile is believed to be a land variant of the KN-11 submarine-launched missile, Davis said, and it traveled about 300 miles before coming down in the Sea of Japan.
He said this was the first time that U.S. officials have seen the North Koreans use a Tracked Erector Launcher, which is a system that allows the missile to be moved through harsh terrain, making it harder to detect.