North Korea has showcased a new version of intercontinental ballistic missile that has range of 10,000 kilometres in a military parade.
The improved version of the KN-08 missile has a modified warhead, Yonhap news agency reported today.
The KN-08, which is also known under the names No-dong-C and Hwaseong-13, is a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be under development by North Korea.
In April this year, Adm. Bill Gortney, the head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that North Korea has the ability of miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and putting it on its KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile. Our assessment is that they have the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a KN-08 and shoot it at the homeland," Gortney added.
The military parade marks 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.
North Korea is likely to launch long range missile next month following the upgrade of missile launch facility. "There is a possibility that the North could fire a missile to commemorate the anniversary of founding workers party on October 10 as it is currently finishing construction at its rocket launch facility in Dongchang-ri on its west coast border," the South Korean defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly
The two Koreas have decided to reduce tensions by calling down their militaries from a war footing from Tuesday noon. “South Korea will take proportionate actions and will closely monitor the move of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) forces as the North agreed to release the order of its troops into a state of war from noon,” Want China Times quoted South Korean defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok as saying in a press briefing Tuesday
North Korea may have laid ground work to test its thermonuclear weapons at its Punggye-ri test site. According to a report by South Korea's Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Defense Command, North has already started groundwork to develop thermonuclear weapons and may have already started producing a radioactive isotope of tritium necessary to build nuclear weapons, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday
The US and South Korea have jointly considered implementing plan to detect, disrupt and destroy North Korean missiles carrying nuclear as well as biochemical warheads. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo approved the implementation of a plan if needed; following the raising attack threats of North Korea
South Korea has set to manufacture components for USA's Global Hawk Unmanned aircraft systems( UAS). The Global Hawk drones deliver a broad overview and systematic intelligence of target areas by using high-resolution radar and long-range electro-optical and infrared sensors
North Korea does not have the technology to mount nuclear warheads on its ballistic missiles. “Pyongyang has made considerable progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads but it still needs to develop a technology to mount them on missiles,” South Korean Defense Ministry sources were quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency
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