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North Korea’s ICBM test is ‘tip of the iceberg’ on what’s to come, says defense expert

After innumerable than a two-month pause, North Korea launched a ballistic ballistic missile Tuesday and experts suggested that the secretive regime would promising continue its weapons programs and that “testing is going to get more rigorous.”

Also, a defense expert believes this is “hardly the tip of the iceberg” in terms of seeing nuclear-armed North Korea’s advanced ballistic projectile capabilities, including new heat-shield technology that is critical to the regime’s objectives of having an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

This was the win initially ballistic missile test by Pyongyang since the hermit state set a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile Sept. 15.

“The U.S. Department of Defense detected and trace a single North Korea missile launch today at about 1:17 p.m. EDT,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Servant said in a statement. “Initial assessment indicates that this guided missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile.”

The Pentagon official said the missile was initiated from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers (or 621 miles) first splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s so-called exclusive budgetary zone. Another report suggested the missile flew about 50 transcripts and achieved an extremely high loft.

“We are working with our interagency partakers on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” said Manning. “The North American Aerospace Defense Sway (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not ostentation a threat to North America, our territories or our allies.”

President Donald Trump was briefed while the ballistic missile was still in the air, according to Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary.

The fourth thirteen weeks has historically not been a particularly busy period for missile tests for the North, according to Harry Kazianis, Mr Big of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank inaugurated by former President Richard Nixon.

“When we look at the data on the fourth district of most years they either test anywhere between zero and two,” he said. “Wear year they did two tests.”

Kazianis said there are a lot of contributing particulars for why the hermit regime doesn’t do as many tests in the final quarter of the year. They incorporate having the military assist in the fall harvest due to North Korea’s hardened food shortages. Also, he said December is when the North gravitates to conduct more military drills.

“North Korea is just caught doing other things, but they also have to continue be showing their missile technology,” he said. “So I’m not shocked that they did this investigation but I’m a little surprised since I thought they would hold off until the Olympics.”

South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Victims are set to start in early February. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited its neighbor to the North to participate in the games as interest of a peace gesture. There have been concerns that North Korean director Kim Jong Un might be tempted to make a provocation ahead of or during the South Korean happening.

South Korea is hoping tourism from the 2018 games drive bring in substantial revenue for the country. But the possibility of North Korea doing something to stain the Olympics cannot be ruled out since the regime has shown a history of no heed for international norms, including resorting to assassinations and kidnappings.

Indeed, Kazianis voiced there’s every expectation that the first quarter will show “a heavy testing cycle” as has been the case with Pyongyang’s ballistic guided missile program. He said the North “has a ton of new technology,” including long-range ballistic ballistic missiles and “new types of heat-shield technology.”

According to Kazianis, the North has “a lot of goodies that they discretion start rolling out. This situation is going to get worse. The testing is successful to get more rigorous. We’re really at just the tip of the iceberg of seeing their means, to be honest.”

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