April 4th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

US intel sees missile movement in North Korea

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US intelligence has seen missile and launch components move to the east coast of North Korea in the “last few days”, a US official with direct knowledge of the information tells CNN’s Barbara Starr.

The movements are consistent with that of a Musudan missile, the official said.  The Musadan missile has a 2,500 mile range and can threaten South Korea, Japan, Guam and southeast Asia.

The US is looking for a hidden North Korean east coast launch site or mobile launchers, the official said, which are of concern because a launch from the east coast would go over Japan.

The official said it is believed such a missile launch would be a “test” launch rather than a targeted strike.  That is because it appears the North Koreans have only moved components so far.  The U.S. is waiting to see if North Korea issues a notice to its airmen and mariners to stay out of the region.

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  1. Chas Codde


    March 4, 2021 at 9:55 am | Reply
  2. NYC Fitness Event

    It's crazy that we are all up in their face.They probably wont issue a notice."The U.S. is waiting to see if North Korea issues a notice to its airmen and mariners to stay out of the region."

    February 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  3. Joe M.

    To put things in perspective, one of the 24 Poseidon missiles on an Ohio-class submarine has 10 (ten) independently targetable MIRV nuclear warheads and that single missile could knock out the top 10 military targets in North Korea and thus disable the North Korean war machine by itself alone.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  4. Ra Hotu

    Nuclear proliferation is a deadly threat that has been allowed to get out of control and is now coming home to roost. The world order is moving toward the Unit-Veto system as predicted by Kaplan 50 years ago. What does that mean for you at home? Well..... everyone on the block will be the proud owner of nuclear WMD including criminal dynasties such as NK. All the furor about ballistic missiles misses the point. Picture an innocuous barge loaded with a Hiroshima size plutonium device cruising up the Potomac or the Hudson (or a river in your town). Picture Cheonan style deniability, anonymity and stealth. Only way to defuse this real and immediate danger is nuclear disarmament and interim ending of proliferation. What are the chances of that happening?

    April 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      The chances of an "innocuous barge" coming up the Potomac River is slim to none, because all maritime traffic is traced by satellite around the world. Any vessel must issue a report on where it came from, where its going, what it carries and so on.Then vessels are inspected by the Coast Guard. Its inconceivable that any vessel would come from North Korea and not be observed. It would have to go through the Panama Canal or around the southern tip of South America or around the southern tip of Africa. American Defense Forces are not asleep. They have been aware of the same threats from Al Qaida. Iran had a "destroyer" which they said was going to travel to Washington. It never got there. End of Story.

      April 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply

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