As Protest Against US Show, Kim Readies Missile Launch

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Pyongyang: North Korea has been spotted moving multiple missiles sparking fears they are preparing a fresh launch, it has been reported. North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said today, citing a government source.

However the new satellite images suggest Kim will go ahead with another test of its intercontinental ballistic missiles. A source told South Korean newspaper The Dong-A Ilbo: “The North may carry out a simultaneous launch of ICBM and IRBM within a few days in protest against the U.S.’s show of military might.”

Earlier, The United States and South Korea will kick off a major navy drill next week, the US navy said on Friday, a fresh show of force against North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests.

Tensions over North Korea’s weapons programme have soared in recent months with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in defiance of multiple sets of UN sanctions.

The United States has since ramped up military drills with South Korea and Japan, its two closest regional in the region. In a statement the US 7th Fleet said the aircraft carrier and two US destroyers would take part in the drill alongside South Korean Navy vessels.

US flew two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean peninsula, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea. That mission came 17 days after four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1Bs flew over the peninsula.

President Donald Trump has engaged in an increasingly escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals. On Tuesday Trump discussed “a range of options” with his national security team to respond to North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear tests.

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