Kim Jong-il Anniv: N Korea May Celebrate With Missile Launch

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Pyongyang: Amid US warn, North Korea could launch a symbolic missile strike this weekend on the anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s death. Kim Jong-un could spark a panic across the globe with a sudden strike six years on to the day from his father’s death.

Kim Jong-il died on December 17 2001, paving the way for his son to take control in the hermit state.  And experts fear a symbolic event could be planned for the anniversary on Sunday.

Kim Jong-il and his father Kim il-Sung, founding member of North Korea’s current dictatorial dynasty, are seen as demigods in the rogue state.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC have warned a test is likely to take place soon.

They said there was an “elevated chance of provocations” this month, with a “ballistic missile test expected on December 17th”.

The group said North Korea has favoured “high missile test activity” in December over the past five years, increasing fears of a strike.

Earlier this year another think tank warned symbolic dates were often used by Pyongyang to send warnings to the West.

Ahead of North Korea’s founding anniversary, he said: “I think another ICBM test to be honest with you could come on September 9. The North Koreans love to put on a big show for their big national holiday.

It comes after a frustrated Donald Trump hit out at Russia and accused leader Vladimir Putin of “not helping” with North Korea relations.