North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile
North Korea has launched yet another ballistic missile, hours after Japan warned that they detected radio signals that suggested a launch appeared imminent. The missile flew east toward the Sea of Japan from the launch site beginning at about 3 a.m. local time.
Reuters had previously noted on Tuesday,
Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday.
Apparently the radio signals were right and the lack of “fresh activity” meant nothing. The news reports after Japan sounded the warning were distinctly dismissive of the information. They’re not dismissing it now.
The DPRK took a break after the September 15th launch, but fired off another one today.
News reports on Tuesday also indicated that North Korea was only about a year out from declaring full nuclear capability because their capabilities have grown faster than previously thought.
South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told foreign correspondents in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea is on the verge of achieving full nuclear capability with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, according to Yonhap News Agency.
“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year,” Cho said.
The tension with North Korea prompted Hawaii to reinstate the air raid sirens from the Cold War era, according to numerou reports, although at first the deployment of those sirens was delayed over concerns from the other islands. But beginning on Friday at 11:45 a.m., the sirens will sound for 60 seconds at 400 locations around the Hawaiian Islands. The test will be conducted on the first business day every month thereafter.
JUST IN: North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile, South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff say, according to South Korean media.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 28, 2017
UPDATE: South Korea military official tells NBC News: “We confirm that we have detected a North Korean ballistic missile launch. The missile is still traveling towards the direction to the East Sea (Sea of Japan), as we are monitoring right now.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 28, 2017
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 28, 2017
“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan to the east direction. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more details of the missile with the US side,” said an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) November 28, 2017