US officials say DPRK preparing missile launch
Freyja 2016-11-02 16:15:24
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is preparing to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next three days, Fox Business Network reported on Tuesday, citing two unidentified US officials.
According to the cable network, the DPRK planned the launch for between 24 and 72 hours. It would be the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country this year in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, supported by China, that ban all ballistic missile-related activities by the DPRK.
The DPRK, which is under UN and other international sanctions for its nuclear and missile programs, has conducted repeated missile tests this year, the most recent on Oct 20.
That latest test, believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan, failed immediately after launch, the US and the Republic of Korea (ROK) militaries said. It came in spite of the threat of further UN sanctions under discussion.
The failed launch was the eighth attempt in seven months by the DPRK to launch a weapon with a design range of 3,000 km that can be fired from road mobile launchers, the US and the ROK militaries said.
News of that launch came during the third and final debate for the Nov 8 US presidential election.
A study published last month by a US-based DPRK research project said DPRK missile and nuclear tests and other major "provocations" had clustered increasingly closer to US elections.