North Korea’s New ICBM, Progress on light-water reactor

Recent congressional testimony confirmed North Korea’s development of a new long-range, road-mobile missile that can reach American shores, increasing the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States.

“There is development within North Korea of a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system that we’ve observed,” Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee on Friday.

“We have not observed it being tested yet, to my knowledge. We are watching the development very closely.” .

The new mobile missile was first reported by The Washington Times on Dec. 5. The road-mobile ICBM bolsters North Korea’s already-deployed launch-pad-fired Taepodong-2 missile that has been tested.

The new missile is also raising concerns in the U.S. intelligence community that North Korea will sell the missile to Iran, as it has done with past medium-range Nodong missiles.

Adm. Willard said the mobile missile is “advertised to be significant in terms of its range capability.”

The admiral, who retires this month, said once the missile is proven, “there will be a decision made with regard to how we posture to deal with what could be something less predictable than Taepodong-2 or some of the other ballistic missile capabilities that are a little more easy to observe.”

Road-mobile missiles are much harder to detect and counter than static missiles. They are usually solid-fueled, allowing them to be fired much faster than liquid-fueled missiles.

Under questioning from Rep. Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican, Adm. Willard said the new North Korean mobile ICBM would cause an increase in missile defense efforts.

“I think that’s one of the posture options that will have to be considered, yes,” he said.

On Tuesday, Mr. Turner again raised the new North Korean missile during a hearing on missile defenses.

“A rogue mobile intercontinental ballistic missile would be a profound leap forward in North Korea’s ballistic missile technology,” Mr. Turner asked.

Bradley H. Roberts, deputy assistant defense secretary for missile defense and nuclear policy, acknowledged at a subcommittee hearing that the new missile poses a “direct threat” to the United States.

By Bill GertzSpecial to The Washington Times

oh yeah…

Pyongyang. New satellite image shows that North Korea has made progress in building a light-water reactor to expand its nuclear program.
The picture of the nuclear complex at Yongbyon was taken on 3 February – nearly a month before North Korea agreed to freeze major nuclear activities in return for US food aid.
The image, from a commercial satellite, was released by the Institute of Science and International Security, based in Washington, on Tuesday. Paul Brannan, a senior analyst, said a turbine building at the reactor that was still being built in September appeared to be externally complete.
North Korea says the reactor is for electricity generation, and two US academics who visited the site in 2010 and have studied subsequent satellite imagery said the reactor appeared designed for that purpose. Other experts fear it could be designed to produce plutonium for bombs.

Thats ok, Barry is going to reward them with millions in aid…

November Elections cannot come fast enough…

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