Saturday, September 26, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020

North Korea: Launches missile; backfires, causing earthquake

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Seoul, South Korea (YC) – North Korea has appeared to have conducted a sixth nuclear test.

Seismological data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that an explosion caused a 6.3-magnitude tremor in the country’s northeast, not far from the country’s Punggey-ri nuclear test site.

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North Korea has been testing their missiles since 1976.

South Korea’s military said the tremor appeared to have been man-made, suggesting the North may have carried out a nuclear test.

However, there has been no confirmation whether the North has conducted its sixth nuclear test. It carried out its fifth test last September.

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Seoul based journalist Alex Jensen told Sky News that any nuclear test would be no surprise.

He said: “Everybody should have expected another one this year, frankly because we’ve been heading in this direction with the provocations.

“It looks like a pretty cast iron case.”

He said all eyes will now be on the response from the US, adding: “We recently heard Donald Trump saying that all options are on the table… presumably they are still on the table.”

He added: “I think the US is going to be furious about this.”

Furthermore, the North Korean Sea War has been in full effect since 2016 after Kim Jong-un launched several missiles into the sea.

North Korean Missile Timeline

  1. 1976–81 – North Korea commences its missile development program using Scud-B from the Soviet Union and a launchpad from Egypt.[5]
  2. 1984 – First Scud-B missile test firing.[5]
  3. 1988 – Operational deployment of Scud-B and Scud-C missiles.[5]
  4. 1990 – First Rodong missile test.[5]
  5. 1993 North Korean missile test – (May 29/30, 1993) – Nodong
  6. 1998 – North Korea fires off its first ballistic missile, the Unha-1 rocket, also known as the Taepodong-1 missile, from the launch site of Musudan-ri in North Hamgyong Province.[6]
  7. 1999 – North Korea agrees to a moratorium on long-range missile tests.[7]
  8. 2002 – North Korea pledges to extend moratorium on missile tests beyond 2003.
  9. 2004 – North Korea reaffirms moratorium.[8]
  10. 2005 – North Korea fires short-range missile into Sea of Japan.[9]
  11. 2006 North Korean missile test – (July 5, 2006) – Taepodong-2 failed [6]
  12. 2009 – Failed orbit of the Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite aboard an Unha-2 carrier rocket (April 5, 2009)
  13. 2009 North Korean missile test (July 4, 2009)
  14. 2012 – Failed launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 satellite aboard an Unha-3 carrier rocket (April 13, 2012)
  15. 2012 – Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 satellite aboard a three stage rocket (December 12, 2012)[6]
  16. 2013 North Korean missile tests (May 18–20, 2013 – part of 2013 Korean crisis)
  17. 2014 North Korean missile tests (March 2014) including Nodong, success[10]
  18. 2015- North Korea claims to launch a missile from a submarine (May 2015)[11][6]
  19. 2016 – Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite (February 7, 2016)
  20. 2016 – Test of engine designed for an intercontinental ballistic missile (April 2016)[12]
  21. 2016 – North Korea claims to launch a Pukkuksong-1[13] missile capable of striking the United States (August 2016).[14] The missile is a Submarine-launched ballistic missile.[14]
  22. 2016 – Failed North Korean ballistic missile launch (October 15, 2016)- [15]
  23. 2016 – Failed launch of an intermediate-range missile (October 19, 2016)[16]
  24. 2017 – North Korea test-fired a Pukguksong-2 missile over the Sea of Japan. This was the first launch of the new medium-range ballistic missile (February 11, 2017).[17][18][6]
  25. 2017 – North Korea launches four ballistic missiles from the Tongchang-ri launch site in the northwest.[19] Some flew 620 mi (1,000 km) before falling into the Sea of Japan. (March 6, 2017)[20][6]
  26. 2017 – North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan (April 4, 2017)[21][22][6]
  27. 2017 – North Korea test-fired an unidentified land-based missile from the naval base in Sinpo but it exploded almost immediately after the takeoff (April 15, 2017).[23][24][25][26]
  28. 2017 – North Korea test-fired an unidentified missile from Pukchang airfield (April 28, 2017).[27][28] Missile, believed to be a medium-range[29] KN-17 ballistic missile,[27] falters and breaks apart minutes after liftoff.[29][30]
  29. 2017 – North Korea test-fired a Hwasong-12[31] missile from a test site in the area of Kusong (May 13, 2017).[32] The missile, later revealed to be an intermediate range ballistic missile,[33] traveled 30 minutes,[34] reached an altitude of more than 2,111.5 km, and flew a horizontal distance of 789 km (489 miles), before falling into the Sea of Japan.[33] Such a missile would have a range of at least 4,000, reaching Guam, to 6,000 km.[32][31]
  30. 2017- North Korea test-fired another Pukguksong-2 medium-range ballistic missile from Pukchang airfield (May 21, 2017),[35][36] which traveled approximately 300 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan.[37] The missile landed about 217 miles from North Korea’s east coast.[37]
  31. 2017 – North Korea Fired a Short Range Ballistic Missile into the Sea of Japan (May 29, 2017). It traveled 450 km.[38]
  32. 2017 – North Korea fired several missiles into the Sea of Japan (June 8, 2017). They are believed to be anti-ship missiles.[39] The South Korean military said the launches show the reclusive regime’s “precise targeting capability.”
  33. 2017 – North Korea tested a new rocket engine that could possibly be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile (June 23, 2017).[40]
  34. 2017 – North Korea tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) named Hwasong-14 on July 4.[41][42] It launched from the Panghyon Aircraft Factory 8 km southeast of Panghyon Airport.[43] It was aimed straight up at a lofted trajectory and reached more than 2,500 km into space.[44] It landed 37 minutes later,[45] more than 930 km from its launch site,[46] into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.[47] Aiming long, the missile would have traveled 7,000-8,000 km or more, reaching Alaska, Hawaii, and maybe Seattle.[45][48][49][50][51] Its operational range would be farther, bringing a 500 kg payload to targets in most of the contiguous United States 9,700 km away.[52][53][54]
  35. 2017- The 14th missile test carried out by North Korea in 2017 was another ICBM launched at 23:41 North Korea time (15:41 GMT) from Chagang Province in the north of the country on July 28, 2017. Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston, and New York appear to be within range.[55] The missile’s reentry vehicle (RV) was seen by people in Japan as it entered the atmosphere and landed near the northernmost Japanese island, Hokkaido.[56][57] Analysis later revealed that the RV broke up on re-entry; further testing would be required.[58] The CIA made an assessment expecting adequate performance of the RV under the different stresses of a shallower trajectory towards the continental US.[59]
  36. 2017: North Korea test fires three short range ballistic missiles from the Kangwon province on August 26. Two travel approximately 250 kilometers in a northeastern direction and one explodes immediately after launch.
  37. 2017: On August 29, 2017, at 6 AM local time, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Northern Japan. The missile’s short and low trajectory and its breakup into three pieces is consistent with the failure of a heavy post-boost vehicle

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