It has been confirmed that the South Korean military has detected signs of North Korea’s missile provocations and is tracing relevant movements. Some U.S. experts also project that North Korea will likely launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) within two weeks. There are increasing concerns among U.S. experts that Pyongyang, which has been silent about Seoul’s offer of military and Red Cross talks, will carry out a surprise missile test.
According to military sources on Thursday, South Korean and U.S. surveillance devices such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles have detected signs of movements by transporter erector launchers (TELs) and missile radars near Pyongyang and other inland sites. Another source said that a series of “unusual signs” near Pyongyang on Wednesday led to a heightened watch posture in South Korea, indicating a high possibility of a missile launch in preparation.
CNN also reported a Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence authorities had detected the North’s addition ICBM launch. CNN said that satellite and radar imagery indicated North Korea’s operation of ICBM or IRBM components or facilities, indicating an additional missile test-launch within about two weeks. A U.S. intelligence officer told CNN that the North is still developing submarine-launched ballistic missile, although it is still in an early stage. Washington is reportedly closely watching North Korea’s radar and communications networks for an additional provocation following the Hwasong-14 rocket launch on July 4.
Source: The Dong-A Ilbo.