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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby rickdun » Sat May 13, 2017 7:01 pm

theoutback wrote:Another day, another missile. :yawn:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north ... SKBN1890UO


Ya, saw that on the news, they test fired that missile one hour after a North Korean diplomat said they would consider meeting with the U.S. if the conditions were right.

The little fat boy may meet his maker sooner they he thinks. :nuke:
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby Illini Warrior » Sat May 13, 2017 8:15 pm

reports circulating from reliable DC sources are indicating that there will some kind of immediate activity - nothing concrete as of yet ....
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Sat May 13, 2017 11:21 pm

North Korea launches missile; launch being assessed
http://abcnews.go.com/International/nor ... d=47395655

North Korea launched a missile today, a U.S. official said, confirming reports in South Korean media.

A U.S. official said the missile landed in the Sea of Japan after being launched from western North Korea. The type of missile launched today is still being assessed.

According to U.S. Pacific Command, the missile was launched near Kusung and landed in the Sea of Japan.

The type of missile is being assessed, but the flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to a statement from U.S. PACOM spokesman Major Rob Shuford.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the statement said.

A statement released late Saturday night by the White House said President Trump was "briefed on the latest missile test by North Korea."

The statement also acknowledged the missile test's close proximity to Russia: "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil –- in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan –- the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased."

It continued, "North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long. South Korea and Japan have been watching this situation closely with us. The United States maintains our ironclad commitment to stand with our allies in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea."

The South Korean government said the launch occurred at 5:27 a.m. Sunday, local time, from the Kusong area in North Pyongan Province. The missile flew about 435 miles to the sea of Japan.

"Our military are closely monitoring North Korean forces' trends and maintaining its readiness," the South Korean statement said.

The launch -- the seventh this year -- comes only days after the inauguration of South Korea's President Moon Jae-In, who has repeatedly hinted the new administration would prefer engagement and a softer approach on North Korea.

"Possibility of dialogue with North Korea is still open but we should react firmly against provocations so that North Korea would not misjudge (our intentions)," President Moon said after convening an emergency meeting of the country's National Security Council.

And Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and President Moon discussed by phone the missile test, while his top national security adviser also spoke with his U.S. counterpart. Abe told reporters Sunday that the launch, which is banned by the United Nations, is "absolutely unacceptable" and that Japan will respond resolutely.

"Japan is closely cooperating with the U.S. and South Korea," Abe said, "and analyzing the situation as we firmly respond to the development."
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Thu May 18, 2017 9:30 am

Are Concerns Over EMP Attack From North Korea Overblown?
https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-ne ... -overblown

While the mainstream media is focusing most of its attention on North Korea’s missile tests, it is largely ignoring what some are calling the rogue nation’s real threat: using one or both of its two present satellites hovering over the United States to launch an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack instead.

One of those scoffing at the very idea of EMP attack from North Korea is Jeffrey Lewis, who blogs in favor of nonproliferation at his site “Arms Control Wonk.” On National Public Radio in April, Geoff Brumfiel asked him: “Could North Korea really do this?” Lewis laughed, responding, “This is the favorite nightmare scenario of a small group of very dedicated people.”

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, chief of staff of the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, warned on Monday: “Although North Korea, Russia and China have all made nuclear threats against the United States recently, in the case of North Korea and Russia repeatedly, most analysts dismiss these as mere ‘bluster’ and ‘nuclear sabre rattling’, not to be taken seriously.” Pry disagrees.

Currently the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, Pry has served on numerous congressional commissions, and prior to that he was an intelligence officer with the (CIA), responsible for analyzing Soviet and Russian nuclear strategy.

In March, Pry and James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, penned an op-ed at TheHill.com. They noted, first of all, that North Korea has the present capability of launching an EMP attack over the North American continent: "The notion that North Korea is testing A-Bombs and H-Bomb components but does not yet have the sophistication to miniaturize warheads and make reentry vehicles for missile delivery is absurd…. North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States. According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could black out the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year — killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse."

This brought an immediate response from Kyle Mizokami, a writer for Popular Mechanics. While admitting that North Korea does pose a nuclear threat to the United States, he said that an EMP attack killing 90 percent of the population “is not realistic.” Mizokami referred to one of many apocalyptic novels that have been spawned over such concerns, including one of the best known, William R. Forstchen’s 2011 science-fiction novel One Second After.

Fortschen’s novel, though fiction, was based squarely on (as noted in its endnotes) a 2004 report from the EMP Commission. From that report: “The high-altitude nuclear weapon-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is one of a small number of threats that has the potential to hold our society seriously at risk and might result in defeat of our military forces…. The electromagnetic fields produced by weapons designed and deployed with the intent to produce EMP have a high likelihood of damaging electrical power systems, electronics, and information systems upon which American society depends. Their effects on dependent systems and infrastructures could be sufficient to qualify as catastrophic to the Nation.”

Presciently, the report added: “Terrorists or state actors may well calculate that, instead of destroying a city or military base, they may obtain the greatest political-military utility from one or more such weapons by using them — or threatening their use — in an EMP attack. The current vulnerability of US critical infrastructure can both invite and reward [such an] attack.”

Could North Korea be one of those “state actors”? James Oberg thinks so. Oberg, a former NASA and U.S. Space Command official and an expert on Russian and Chinese space programs, wrote in the Washington Examiner in February of a trip he made to North Korea back in 2012: “There have been fears expressed that North Korea might use a satellite to carry a small nuclear warhead into orbit and then detonate it over the United States for an EMP strike. These concerns seem extreme and require an astronomical scale of irrationality on the part of the regime. The most frightening aspect, I’ve come to realize, is that exactly such a scale of insanity is now evident in the rest of their ‘space program.’”

Like Pry, Oberg is no lightweight. His career spanned 22 years with NASA, where he specialized in orbital rendezvous. He has testified frequently before Congress, was a space correspondent for UPI, ABC, and MSNBC and is now a commentator for NBC News, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC.

Pry ended his article ominously: "Some analysts think the world is on the threshold of a ‘new nuclear age’ where Cold War rules and assumptions about deterrence no longer apply and the likelihood of nuclear use is greatly increasing. The first nation to use nuclear weapons today — even a rogue state like North Korea or Iran — will immediately become the most feared and most credible nuclear power in the world, a formidable force to be reckoned with, and perhaps the dominant actor in a new world order."
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby apache235 » Thu May 18, 2017 1:44 pm

Too many think that NorK missile tests are failures because they don't have the ICBM trajectory, but they do have an EMP trajectory, and one of Dr. Pry's scenarios would be to strike Japan and most of S Korea.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby rickdun » Fri May 19, 2017 10:45 am

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group has left Japan for the Korean coast to join up with the other carrier group. :tank:

President Trump is playing no games with North Korea, China or Russia. The little fat boy better start to pucker up.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri May 19, 2017 12:40 pm

rickdun wrote:The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group has left Japan for the Korean coast to join up with the other carrier group. :tank:

President Trump is playing no games with North Korea, China or Russia. The little fat boy better start to pucker up.


US Navy moves second aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan near North Korea, says defence officials
http://www.newsheads.in/world/news/us-n ... /5488.html

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The US Navy is moving a second aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training drills with the USS Carl Vinson, defence officials said. After completing a maintenance period and sea trials in Yokosuka, Japan, the USS Ronald Reagan departed for the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, the officials told CNN on Thursday.

"Coming out of a long in-port maintenance period we have to ensure that Ronald Reagan and the remainder of the strike group are integrated properly as we move forward," Rear Admiral Charles Williams said in a statement. --- CONTINUED ---
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US Navy deploys second aircraft carrier to North Korea's doorstep
http://www.jokpeme.com/2017/05/us-navy- ... rrier.html

The US Navy is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula to take part in training exercises days after North Korea conducted a “successful” ballistic missile test.
The nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan departed for the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday after undergoing a maintenance period and sea trials in its base in Japan, CNN reported. --- CONTINUED ---
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CVW-5 aircraft fly aboard USS Ronald Reagan for 2017 patrol
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WATERS SOUTH OF JAPAN – Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 completed embarkation aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), May 19.

Over the course of three days, nine squadrons from CVW-5 flew more than 70 aircraft onto the flight deck of Ronald Reagan to integrate with Carrier Strike Group Five for their 2017 Patrol. --- CONTINUED ---
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Mon May 22, 2017 10:48 am

Another Missile launch on Sunday (05/21/17):

US official: North Korea launches medium-range ballistic missile
http://abcnews.go.com/International/sou ... d=47539922

North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile Sunday afternoon, a senior Trump administration official has confirmed.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile was fired from an area about 50 miles northeast of Pyongyang.

"We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM [medium-range ballistic missile]," the U.S. official said in a statement. "This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests."

Prior to the U.S. official's statement, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, "North Korea launched an unidentifiable projectile to the East Sea from Bukchang area in South Pyongyang Province at 16:49 today." (The East Sea is also referred to as the Sea of Japan.)

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff statement continued, "The projectile flew 500 km [310 miles] and ROK and U.S. are now analyzing its detailed [sic]. ROK military is closely monitoring North Korean provocative trends and maintaining highest military readiness."

Commander David Benham, a U.S. Pacific Command spokesman, also addressed the missile launch, saying in a statement, "U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 09:59 p.m. Hawaii time May 20. The launch of a medium range ballistic missile occurred near Pukchang. The missile was tracked until it landed in the Sea of Japan."

The statement continued, "We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely. U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America."

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the missile launch, saying in a statement, "The repeated provocation of North Korea is a reckless and irresponsible act that puts cold water on the expectations and aspirations of the Korean government and the international community for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and peace settlement, and the government strongly condemns this provocation."

The ministry continued, "The government recently announced a firm commitment to pursue the root resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue through all means including sanctions and dialogue, through dispatching special envoys to major countries such as the US, China, Japan and Russia. While the government is open to possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it will continue to stand firmly in response to provocations, saying that North Korea should immediately stop any provocations that violated UN Security Council resolutions."

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo Sunday, "This launch presented a grave problem from the perspective of ensuring safety of aircraft and vessels. It was also a clear violation of the United Nations' Security Council resolution. Japan cannot accept North Korea's repeated provocation and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea."

Suga added, "At this point, it is speculated that the area where it fell was not within Japan's Economic Exclusive Zone. There has been so far no report of damage to aircraft or vessels that were passing near the point [where the missile was believed to have fallen.]"

"This launch presented a grave problem from the perspective of ensuring safety of aircraft and vessels. It was also a clear violation of the United Nations' Security Council resolution. Japan cannot accept North Korea's repeated provocation and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea."

The missile launched Sunday was last tested in February. Called the KN-15, the new solid-fueled missile traveled 310 miles into the Sea of Japan. It was a significant launch, not because of the distance traveled but because of the solid fuel missile technology used in the launch.

Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the February launch marked a significant advancement for North Korea because it was its first successful solid-fueled missile fired from a mobile launcher.

North Korea last weekend launched a midrange missile that landed in the Sea of Japan after being launched from western North Korea. The Russian Ministry of Defense said the missile flew for about 23 minutes before crashing into the sea around 500 km (310 miles) from Russia into the center of the Sea of Japan.

ABC News' Devin Dwyer and Joohee Cho contributed to this report.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Tue May 23, 2017 2:53 pm

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A US attack on North Korea is imminent
http://www.businessinsider.com/us-attac ... =buffer-bi

The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman—setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Speaking Monday to a rapt audience at the 2017 Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Friedman said that while it is unlikely the US will take action before President Trump returns home at the weekend, North Korea’s actions appear to have “offered the US no alternative” to a clash.

According to Geopolitical Futures analysis, evidence is mounting that the enmity between the two is escalating to a point where war is inevitable.

Friedman revealed that on May 20, the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier and USS Ronald Reagan were both within striking distance of North Korea.

Additionally, more than 100 F16 aircraft are conducting daily exercises in the area, a tactic which foreshadowed the beginning of Desert Storm in 1991.

F35 aircraft have also been deployed to the area, and US government representatives will be briefing Guam on civil defense, terrorism, and Korea on May 31.

All of these strategic moves telegraph one outcome—conflict.

Friedman’s decision to make public his focus on North Korea comes days after the secretive state’s latest ballistic missile launch. The UN Security Council condemned its “highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance” of the organization.

Seoul in the Cross-Hairs

Problems with any conflict are myriad. The 25 million people of the Seoul metropolitan area lie in reach of what Friedman called a “stunning mass of [North Korean] artillery.” Any strike on North Korea would likely result in a retributive attack on Seoul.

“We cannot afford the kind of casualties this will create,” Friedman warned, adding that the US needs to neutralize the artillery by strategic bombardment.

A second problem for the US is that any conflict will necessarily rely on imperfect intelligence, and the impact of incorrect information could take a devastating human toll.

Friedman also called attention to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, noting that a North Korean attack on the base is Kim Jong-un’s only chance at delaying the war.

Pointedly branding the North Korean elites “neither crazy nor stupid,” Friedman said they have “homicidal, but not suicidal tendencies.” “We are facing a war that is not simple,” he said, adding that Russia and China are both washing their hands of the matter.

An Undeclared War?

In off-the-cuff remarks following his speech at the SIC 2017, Friedman said a conflict would mark the beginning of another undeclared war.

“We have not declared war on a country since World War II, a terrible mistake morally and constitutionally, but also practically,” he said. “Getting congress to declare war binds both sides together and puts responsibility on all.”

Nonetheless, he said, North Korea is America’s problem to bear.

“This is how it’s going to be for America over the next decade because we are the major global power and that power is of the sort that doesn’t disappear very quickly,” he said. “We are the only country in the world with a global military capability.”

“There is no other power that can conceivably—and I include the Chinese in this—take effective military action against the North Koreans to stop a nuclear program,” he continued. “That means it’s either the US [takes action], or North Korea has a nuclear weapon.”

Systemic War Will Come to the 21st Century

Rumors of the demise of America’s hegemonic status are greatly exaggerated, according to Friedman. A consequence of its unparalleled power is that it will continue to “be involved in all sorts of miserable wars every 5–10 years. It’s partly because no one else wants to do it and partly because we can afford to and partly because of long-term threats.”

As for the remainder of the 21st century, Friedman was pragmatic. “Every century has its systemic wars,” he said. “The odds that the 21st century will be the first not to have it are slim to none.”

For the foreseeable future, it seems, the US’ reluctant sheriff’s hat will remain in place.

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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Tue May 23, 2017 2:55 pm

3 maps that explain North Korea's strategy
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To understand North Korean strategy today, we must first understand the implications of its geography.

Korea is a peninsula jutting southward from Manchuria surrounded by the Yellow and Japan seas. It shares an 880-mile-wide border with China and has a 30-mile frontier with Russia.

Korea's northeastern border is about 70 miles from Vladivostok, Russia's major eastern port. The southeast corner juts to within 100 miles of Japan to its south, and the peninsula's southwest shore angles westward only about 300 miles from Shanghai. --- CONTINUED, at link above ... with Maps! ---
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby rebnavy1862 » Tue May 23, 2017 3:58 pm

This was a very interesting read, ReadyMom.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Wed May 24, 2017 9:51 am

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N. Korea announces Pukguksong-2 launch, says missile can now be “mass-produced”
https://www.nknews.org/2017/05/n-korea- ... -produced/

Dagyum Ji
May 21st, 2017

UPDATE: This article was amended at 1145 KST to include comments from Kim Dong-yub, Professor at Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University and South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Kim Jong Un on Sunday supervised North Korea’s second test launch of the Pukguksong-2 ground-to-ground strategic ballistic missile and approved its deployment “for action”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday.

Pyongyang launched a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) from the country’s northwest on Sunday afternoon local time, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) confirmed on Sunday.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) had previously reported that North Korea had launched the missile at 1659 KST near Pukchang in South Pyongan province. The missile traveled around 500 km and landed in the Sea of Japan, according to reports.

The Pukguksong-2 (KN-15), which was described as a ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic missile, was first launched on February 12. South Korea’s JCS previously described the missile as a new type of solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

The North said this test was the “final launch test” before its deployment to the Korean People’s Army (KPA).

“The test-fire of Pukguksong-2 was aimed to finally verify all the technical indexes of the weapon system and thoroughly examine its adaptability under various battle conditions, before its deployment to military units for action,” KCNA said in an English-language dispatch.

Kim analyzed the results of the test-launch with workers at an observation post and expressed his “great satisfaction”.

“Saying with pride that the missile’s rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action,” KCNA said.

“Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way to arm the KPA Strategic Force,” KCNA reported Kim as having said.

General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the KPA Strategic Force, also reportedly attended the test launch.

KCNA gave more details about the technical aspects of the test in a Korean-language dispatch.

The reliability and accuracy of the cold launch system from a tracked transporter erector launcher (TEL), the working and operation features of the high thrust solid fuel-powered engines, as well as the guidance and stabilization systems of the missile “during its active flight”, among other things, have been “completely verified,” a report said.

The accuracy of the attitude control system on the missile can be tracked by image data transmitted from the camera installed on the nuclear warhead, KCNA added.

“The whole world looks beautiful and feels happy when I see the earth filmed by a rocket launched by us,” Kim Jong Un reportedly said after looking at photos of the earth transmitted by the rocket’s camera “in real time.”

KCNA said Kim also emphasized that the North should push ahead with the “diversification and advancement” of its nuclear forces, with the aim of making North Korea’s enemies “become crazy and never awake to their full mind.”

One expert said North Korea’s insistence that the missile could now be “mass-produced” was significant, but added that the claim could not yet be verified.

“To put things into proper perspective – Yes, the Pukguksong-2 is reliable (by DPRK standards),” said Tal Inbar, head of the Space & UAV center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies. “Yes, they could start mass production, but no, we cannot verify that at the moment.”

In August, the North claimed a test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) had been a success, describing it as having been carried out without “adverse impact” on neighboring countries.

Land-based testing of the Pukguksong-1 SLBM began as early as 2013, when a test-stand at Sinpo was built, and the first confirmed submerged test launch was conducted in May 2015.

The Pukguksong-1 SLBM is believed to be based on the visually-similar Soviet-designed R-27 Zyb (NATO reporting name SS-N-6) SLBM.

Another expert said the rapid testing and deployment of the Pukguksong-2 was concerning.

“It is a solid propellant missile that could be harder to detect before launch,” Anthony Ruggiero, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said.

“The Trump administration should sanction North Korea and its supporters, especially China, before Pyongyang completes the development of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week’s test was a step forward in the ICBM program and Washington should act before it is too late.”

Kim Dong-yub, a Professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, said the missile would likely “not have been much improved.”

“I think the missile was relaunched after correcting and making up for defects which were found in test-firing conducted in February,” Kim told NK News.

Kim said both missiles fired in February and May reached an altitude of around 560km and traveled 500km, and that the Pukguksong-2 may be capable of flying between 2000 and 2500 km.

“The range of Pukguksong-2 missile is behind that of the Musudan missile, which can target Guam and has an estimated range of between 3000-4000 km,” Kim said. “But given that the Pukguksong-2 missile didn’t use 100% of its thrust, the missile should be classified as a solid-fueled Musudan ballistic missile.”

Kim also suggested the possibility that this launch could “lead to the development of the solid propellant ICBM,” arguing that the first stage of KN-14, the liquid-fuel ICBM, is made of a cluster of two Musudan engines.

“It’s likely to create the first-stage propulsion of ICBM by clustering two to four engines of Pukguksong-2 missile.”

Meanwhile, South Korea’s JCS argued on Monday that “additional verification” is needed to confirm the warhead’s stable re-entry into the atmosphere.

“But South Korean and U.S. information authorities estimate that the North obtained meaningful date to improve the reliability of missile technology through the missile launch conducted yesterday,” JCS spokesperson Roh Jae-cheon told media during a regular news briefing.

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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Wed May 24, 2017 9:59 am

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North Korea says it will mass-produce ballistic missile
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/201 ... 102007226/

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday ordered mass production of a medium-range ballistic missile successfully tested a day earlier that is capable of reaching several U.S. bases in the region.

State-run KCNA news service said Kim ordered Sunday's test launch from an observation post and "expressed his great satisfaction" with the results.

"Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action," KCNA said.

David Wright, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, has been monitoring North Korea's missile development for decades and says Pyongyang's program is making alarming strides.

"They are showing more sophistication," Wright told USA TODAY. "We need to start a dialogue. We are simply running out of time."

Sunday's test came one week after Pyongyang successfully tested another type of missile that it boasted was capable of reaching the U.S. armed with a nuclear warhead.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss the test. France’s U.N. ambassador Francois Delattre said Pyongyang's behavior demands “a swift and firm reaction” from the Security Council, including tougher sanctions, the Associated Press reported. Last week, the Security Council "strongly condemned" Pyongyang's testing and urged members to fully implement stiff U.N. sanctions already in place.

The test Sunday involved a medium-range ballistic missile that has a shorter range than others fired by the communist regime in recent months, the White House said. The path of the missile, which flew about 310 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan, was monitored by the South Korean military and the U.S. Pacific Command.

Wright said that based on trajectory the missile appeared to have a range of about 800 miles — perhaps sufficient to reach U.S. military installations across South Korea and Japan but not the U.S. territory of Guam. He said Pyongyang is developing two types of missiles — the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile that can be fired from a mobile launcher and the liquid-fuel Hwasong-12, tested a week earlier, that involves a more complicated launch structure.

Pacific Command Cmdr. David Benham said an assessment of the tests revealed the launches did not pose a threat to North America. But he emphasized that U.S. officials were closely monitoring the tests and pledged "ironclad commitment" to allies in the region. Such language has become standard following a series of North Korean missile tests in recent months.

North Korea has been stepping up its missile testing, apparently attempting to develop a missile capable of reaching the United States. Kim has frequently expressed outrage at the U.S., most recently for massive military exercises conducted with South Korea and for U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system designed to counter the Pyongyang missile threat.

The Trump administration has pressed China, North Korea's closest ally, to rein in Pyongyang. Wright said he thinks Kim may be ready to make a deal, and the rush of tests in recent weeks is probably the North's effort to "make what progress they can before they freeze things."

Wright said President Trump brings "fresh eyes" to the conflict but also understands what previous presidents have learned: There is no realistic military option. North Korea is capable of causing major damage to South Korea and Japan in the event of war, Wright said.

"I think this guy (Kim) is rational, but he's unpredictable," Wright said. "Ramping up sanctions and working with China to get some sort of talks started is the only way forward."
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

Postby rickdun » Fri May 26, 2017 12:10 pm

OK ReadyMom, I figured it out, here we go


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