Pyongyang shows off new variant of mobile ICBM
North Korea is capable of hitting the United States with a long-range nuclear missile, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said last week.
“I agree with the intel community that we assess that they have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the homelands,” said Adm. William Gortney, the Northcom commander who is also in charge of defending the United States from long-range missile attack.
“And as the defender of North America, the United States officially, in the ballistic missile defense, I think the American people expect me to take the threat seriously,” he said Wednesday at the Atlantic Council. Continue reading
The new road-mobile missile was shown deployed on a transporter-erector launcher. It is the latest indication that China’s military is moving forward with at least four other long-range precision guided missiles that threaten U.S. and Asian security.
The camouflage-painted missile was shown as it was photographed from a passing car. It first appeared online Feb. 29 on at least two Chinese military web sites.
The new missile was described in online posts as a “strategic” missile, meaning it is likely capable of being armed with nuclear warheads.
U.S. intelligence agencies were recently alerted to the new missile and officials say it is being analyzed closely.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the photos.
The disclosure appears to be another manifestation of China’s growing nationalism and boasting of military prowess. China often showcases new weapons systems around the time of major Communist Party meetings. Two major nationwide sessions in Beijing—the annual National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress—are currently underway.
Full article: China Unveils New Nuke Missile — Fresh challenge to U.S. Pacific forces (Washington Free Beacon)