FIRST ON CNN: North Korea could be planning missile launch, official says
This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows a military vehicle carrying what is believed to be a Taepodong-class missile Intermediary Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), about 20 meters long, during a military parade in North Korea
April 4th, 2013
09:31 AM ET

FIRST ON CNN: North Korea could be planning missile launch, official says

From CNN's Barbara Starr at the Pentagon

Intercepted communications in recent days indicate that North Korea could be planning to launch a mobile ballistic missile in the coming days or weeks, a U.S. official tells CNN. Previously, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said that North Korea has moved a medium-range missile to its east coast for an imminent test firing or military drill.

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  1. The Grim Reaper

    NK 2, long range, can hit the moon with its boosters still on. MSS or multiple solid state. Can carry chemical, biological, conventional nuclear or nuclear nuclear (2 consecutive warheads). Lightweight aluminum magnesium hull. Looking forward to exterminate you all. Long live our Beloved Leader. DPRK.

    June 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  2. jevin

    he U.S. cannot EVER show any weakness or SECOND GUESSING as they recently did. This is an invitation to DPRK to exploit the weakness and once again extort the West and its allies for food/aid and concessions.
    If the US screws this up, then we are all destined to a very long and demeaning future. If China see the US "Cowing" to DPRK, then fasten your I think they may be allowing DPRK to do this as a test for future tactical moves in the world economy and balance of power..

    April 5, 2013 at 4:59 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Let NK do whatever they want! Don't be so paranoid We know their rockets can't hit anything. If we try to shoot them down, we will just expose to them how useless our interceptor missles are (very high failure rate).
      NK is China's problem to solve, not ours. China provides most of NK's food, fuel and all of their rocket parts and technology. We need to tell China, in no uncertain terms, to stop this maddness! Either get NK resolved or we will no longer accept any of your manufactured products to enter the USA! This is the only way to solve this!

      April 6, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  3. Bill Clinton

    I love you Hillary. I've been bad boy yet again.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  4. Bob Dole

    First on CNN, BS! Reddit has been talking about thins for the past few days!

    April 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  5. trucanadianblend


    April 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  6. Bellicose Rhetoric

    I see this as phase 2 of the master plan. Phase 1 was to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile with an inert load of similar geometry and weight of a small yield device, say 20 – 30 KT range. Phase 2 will be to perform a similar launch with a medium range missile/payload and maybe test the conventional explosives trigger package in the ocean for a ground burst capability. If they want to air burst a device all they need is either an altimeter or timed trigger. Phase 3 will be the marriage of an actual device with the applicable trigger, some more saber rattling, and then test an actual nuclear tipped gadget on Guam or Okinawa. Send a statement without too high of a bodycount. The UN, Russia, and China will not allow us to go nuclear on NK, so we respond with a measured conventional strike to make our point.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • farrimond

      yes the U.N is not allowing america to launch its own brand of country destroyers if the nk military continue to push forward America will have the last laugh. Or they will get the U.K to fire the trident .... then we all die.

      April 5, 2013 at 3:37 am | Reply
  7. Kim Jong-un

    Americans! Bow and scrape before me now and I will spare your puny lives! If you do not acquiesce, the fire of Juche will consume you! Our missiles have been set up and are being aimed at you! We know we may not hit anyone farther than Wasilla, Alaska, but by targeting your hero lady Sarah Palin, we know we will deal you a moral death blow you will not recover from so quickly! Americans, we urge you to surrender to our superior fighting force now before it is too late! Long live the glorious young leader, our blessed Kim Jong-il, the young sun of our glorious nation!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Americans

      @Kim Jong-un: America will blow up your ass

      April 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Ok Guy Posing As Kim Jong-un.. You've Obviously Misplaced your Bottle Of Milk and Your Rattle.
      Stop Pokin Your Garbage Around Here. And If You Are Him. Step Up and Be More Of A Man Then Your Father
      And Put This BS To Its Grave And Do Something The Your People Will Respect You For and Make There Lives
      Better. Your People Dont Praise You Out Of Love They Do It In Fear For What A Tyrant You Are That Is If Im Speaking To
      The Actual Kim Jong-Un.

      April 5, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
    • Dillon


      April 6, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply
  8. Some guy

    If they do test fire this missile we should use it as an opportunity to demonstrate anti-missile capabilities and intercept it. 😀

    April 4, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      It only really works for short range missiles

      April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  9. jon beecroft

    When I was a kid the bullies waited for the bell to ring I think I hear it now

    April 4, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  10. Wee irish man

    It's not rocket science n Korea is about to vapourize USA get some bricks a trowel bit of cement build a bridge and get over it

    April 4, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  11. 12hroldnews

    This news article, "first on CNN", BS. You guys have been terrible regarding coverage of NK. It's like you decide to put the important news up after the news crew gets to work and has breakfast. FFS update this stuff when it comes out, just like every other major news source.

    I don't know if, during the last elections, you guys finally figured out nobody trusts CNN as an unbiased news source any longer, but it's as if you aren't even trying any more. Report the news when it is news and not when it's merely piggybacking on other sources coverage of the event.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  12. Supreme Leader


    April 4, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • Bill Clinton

      "Peacfur" people don't threaten nuclear war. They sit down and discuss ways to help their people. That's what a real leader would do. He wouldn't watch his people starve to a point where they are a full two inches shorter than the average South Korean counterpart. All his threats and talk do one thing. They make him seem important to his people so that maybe they wont wise up and overthrow him-maybe. If you look at him at the meetings his generals have a glazed look in thier eyes. Similar to a young actor in hollywood who doesnt know how to pull off the believeable act yet. They dont believe in him; you can clearly see it. If he wants to unite Korea he should just keep runing his mouth. Korea will unite itself and he wont be a part of it.

      April 4, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • Hillary Clinton

        Hey sweetie you're an idiot this guy is obviously joking, man a lot of you Americans are dumb but I sure am glad to have you on my side at least, now get off you computer and come eat your milk and cookies, and don't forget to wash your hands first!
        the wife

        April 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm |

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