North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile

North Korea has launched yet another ballistic missile, hours after Japan warned that they detected radio signals that suggested a launch appeared imminent. The missile flew east toward the Sea of Japan from the launch site beginning at about 3 a.m. local time.

Reuters had previously noted on Tuesday,

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Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday.

Apparently the radio signals were right and the lack of “fresh activity” meant nothing. The news reports after Japan sounded the warning were distinctly dismissive of the information. They’re not dismissing it now.

The DPRK took a break after the September 15th launch, but fired off another one today.

News reports on Tuesday also indicated that North Korea was only about a year out from declaring full nuclear capability because their capabilities have grown faster than previously thought.

Fox reported,

South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told foreign correspondents in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea is on the verge of achieving full nuclear capability with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, according to Yonhap News Agency.

“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year,” Cho said.

The tension with North Korea prompted Hawaii to reinstate the air raid sirens from the Cold War era, according to numerou reports, although at first the deployment of those sirens was delayed over concerns from the other islands. But beginning on Friday at 11:45 a.m., the sirens will sound for 60 seconds at 400 locations around the Hawaiian Islands. The test will be conducted on the first business day every month thereafter.

 

 

 

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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