According to media outlets in South Korea, the country’s northern neighbor has begun mobilizing missiles and placing them on launchers near Pyongyang. Yesterday, Kim Jong-un threatened the US territory of Guam in response to the US and South Korea’s anticipated military exercise.
Is North Korea preparing for another missile launch? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
According to reports from South Korea today (Saturday), satellite imagery analysis has identified suspicious North Korean military movement. The images reportedly recorded by an American satellite display ballistic missiles being mobilized towards launchers near Pyongyang.
A number of sources estimated that North Korea would conduct another launch close to October 10th, which is the anniversary of the founding of the party led by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Ultimately, the date passed with no strange military movement. However, the current report comes just a few days before a joint exercise between the US and South Korean navies. The upcoming exercise will be held in Japanese territorial waters following the previous joint military exercise between the US, Japan and South Korea.
US and South Korea prepare for joint exercise Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The exercise set to begin on October 16th should continue for ten days during which the forces will work on mutual communication between them and advancing cooperation between their militaries. A published South Korean newspaper quoted a political source who expressed concern following the report: “The north may conduct another launch within a few days in protest of the military exercise with the US.”
Yesterday, North Korea’s media outlet made another threat to launch missiles towards the US territory of Guam.