North Korea had been spotted moving a rocket towards west coast that appeared to be an ICBM, South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported on Tuesday.
On Tuesday South Korea’s Asia Business Daily citing an unidentified source, that North Korea had been spotted moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast.
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The rocket started moving on Monday and was spotted moving only at night to avoid surveillance, the report said.
South Korea’s defense ministry, which warned on Monday that North Korea was ready to launch an ICBM at any time, said they were unable to confirm the contents of the report.
Seoul’s unification minister said Tuesday that North Korea is expected to weigh additional provocations while watching the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) adoption of possible hardest sanctions following Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest.
South Korean officials believe more provocation from the reclusive state is possible, despite international outrage.
North Korea tested two ICBMs in July that could fly about 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting many parts of the U.S. mainland within range and prompting a new round of international sanctions against Pyongyang.
On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member U.N. Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.
U.S. President Donald Trump held calls with foreign leaders on Monday, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the White House declared that “all options to address the North Korean threat are on the table”.
South Korea is talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula, and has been ramping up its own defenses in the meantime.
Reuters, Yonhap News, Asia Business Daily