WASHINGTON (AP) — Satellite imagery shows North Korea razed some facilities used for testing ballistic missiles last month after declaring it was suspending nuclear explosions and missile launches, a U.S. website reported Wednesday. A stand used for missile ejection tests was demolished near Kusong in the country’s northwest, according North Korea expert Joseph Bermudez. Ejection tests are to test the initial launch of a missile from a canister and firing up its first-stage engine rather than a full-blown launch. His analysis was published by 38 North, a Washington-based website which tracks developments in the isolated nation’s weapons programs. In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he was suspending ballistic missile and nuclear testing, paving the way for negotiations on its nuclear weapons program with the United States that will culminate in a historic summit next week in Singapore with President Donald Trump. In a sign of goodwill, North Korea last … [Read more...] about Report: Imagery shows North Korea razes missile test stand
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World North Korea Kim Jong Un Kim Il Sung North Korea kept up the appearance of a peace-loving nation as it celebrated the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on April 15, forgoing the military parade usually held on the occasion. The date marks one of the North Korean calendar's most important holidays, also known as "Day of the Sun." Last year, the country hosted a massive display of military might to honor Kim Il Sung's 105th birth anniversary in a political climate marked by tensions in the Korean peninsula due to the North's missile testing and fiery rhetoric. There was nothing of the sort this year, as no missile or missile-shaped objects were to be seen—likely as a reflection of the resumption of dialogue with South Korea ahead of a highly-anticipated summit between Pyongyang and Seoul later this month. Students take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North … [Read more...] about Where Are North Korea’s Missiles? Kim Jong Un Ditches ‘Day of the Sun’ Military Parade for Ballet
World North Korea Ballistic Missile James Mattis Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Congress Thursday that the U.S. military is developing the technology to shoot down North Korean missiles as they take off. Arms experts say that the technology would greatly improve the U.S. ability to fend off a nuclear attack from North Korea, but it probably won't be ready for another 10 to 15 years. “What [Mattis] is referring to is boost phase directed energy, so the idea is to have a laser on a drone, have the drones hovering in international airspace, and then once a missile is launched we zap it with a laser,” Mathew Kroenig, an expert on national security and arms control at the Atlantic Council, told Newsweek. “We have directed energy interceptors on ships, so the basic technology is proven. But it won’t be until 2025 or so that this will be a real capability,” Kroenig added. Recommended Slideshows 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President … [Read more...] about U.S. Has a New Plan to Fight North Korea: Shoot Down Kim Jong Un’s Missiles As They Launch, but Can It Work?
Talks between U.S. and North Korean officials have reportedly been held to lay the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Citing inside sources, CNN is reporting that “American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.”The piece adds: “Once a location is agreed upon the officials said that the date will be set and the agenda discussed in greater detail.” See Also: Several dead after man drives van into restaurant in GermanyIn addition to these joint discussions, each side appears to be busy working on its own preparations. According to the Los Angeles Times, there has been heightened activity at the three key U.S. agencies—the CIA, Pentagon, State Department—in advance of a potential summit. And last month, the North Korean leader took his … [Read more...] about Secret talks being held between the U.S. and North Korea
This year alone, North Korea has attempted 17 missile launches. The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) maintains a database and analysis of North Korea's ballistic missile testing, along with its successes and failures, if they are known. Timeline: American attempts to deter North Korea's nuclear program In early September 2017, North Korea appeared to be planning another missile launch, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to show off its claimed ability to target the United States with nuclear weapons, South Korea's Defense Ministry reported. A timeline of North Korea's nuclear tests Here's the list of North Korea's missile tests -- short-, medium- and long-range -- going back to its first test in 1984. 2017 February 12th, 2017: North Korea launches intermediate-range Polaris-2 (or KN-15) ballistic missile into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. March 6th, 2017: North Korea fires four extended-range Scud (or … [Read more...] about North Korea missile tests