North Korea moves second missile to east coast: Report
Iran Press TV
Fri Apr 5, 2013 8:6AM GMT
North Korea has moved a second medium-range missile to its eastern coast amid escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula, a report says.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Friday that the North Korean move was confirmed by a top government official.
On Thursday, Pyongyang moved a Musudan missile to the coast, with reports saying the missile faced Japan.
“It has been confirmed that North Korea, early this week, transported two Musudan mid-range missiles by train to the east coast and loaded them on vehicles equipped with launch pads,” Yonhap quoted the south Korean official as saying.
The Musudan is believed to have an intended range of about 3,000 kilometers. It could theoretically hit a target within 4,000 kilometers with a light payload.
Reports say that the missile could cover any target in Japan and South Korea and even reach US military bases on the Pacific island of Guam.
The Pentagon said on April 3 that it would deploy an advanced anti-missile system to Guam to protect the US military bases and the 6,000 American military personnel there.
War of words escalated after the participation of the United States’ nuclear-capable B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers in its joint military drills with South Korea.
On Thursday, North Korea said a preemptive nuclear war with the United States “could break out today or tomorrow.”
“The moment of explosion is approaching fast… The US had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation,” said the General Staff of the North Korean People’s Army (KPA).
Earlier in the day, the North Korean army said it had received final approval for a nuclear attack on the US in response to Washington’s threats.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|