US Expects More Missile, Nuclear Testing by North Korea

Recent Movements Raise Speculation About Imminent Tests

With tensions between the US and North Korea always rising in the first quarter of every year, only to fall off when North Korean forces are redeployed to help plant crops, there is still time for North Korea to launch another provocative round of tests for either missiles or their nuclear weapons program, and US officials believe such tests are likely imminent.

Officials quoted by CNN say that the US has deployed a growing number of surveillance satellites over North Korea to track equipment movements that might signal such tests, and that North Korea is moving equipment to unusual, previously unused locations, which they think might be a sign they’re going to try to test from places less covered by the satellites.

At the same time, they concede it isn’t unusual for North Korea to move equipment and missile launchers around with no rhyme nor reason, just to confuse the US about what they might be up to. That means it’s possible nothing is actually imminent at all.

The timing may support such a test being likely, however, as the planting season isn’t so far away in North Korea, and with both sides liking to get the last laugh in their annual dust-ups, there’s not a lot of time left to get such tests done before they’ll be done with high-profile wrangling until next winter.

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  • Don

    Could it be that US military escalation in S.Korea has nothing at all to do with the supposed threat of little N.Korea?

    Is it possible that what is really happening is that N.Korea is reacting to US threats and the US is using it as the justification for huge military build-up in China’s sphere of influence?

    And could it be that this represents the real purpose and meaning of Trump’s words to ‘make America great again’?

    Raimondo’s refusal to consider this could be resulting in defanging any antiwar threat we pose to the process. Although in fairness, not consciously on his part. Other than it’s a part of his support of Trump which demands the possibilities must not be considered.

    (apologies for using this thread to discuss Raimondo) (I’m banned from expressing opposition to him on his articles)

  • Don

    Be careful Jason Ditz. Even the most well intentioned Americans are largely sold on the demonization of N.Korea and it’s leaders.
    That on your part, comes out pretty clearly in this article. Causing it to promote the theme of the US, and thereby do more harm than good sometimes.

    Maybe it’s time for a whole new train of thought on N.Korea in order to neutralize that which Trump and his generals are in the process of accomplishing.
    “Make America Great Again” has more meaning that meets the eye. And it can’t be just brushed away that Trump revealed his sentiments toward China during his campaign speeches, and perhaps after?