Fresh Fear: North Korea's New Mobile Missile
The KN-08 no longer seems like such a fake
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 6:42 AM CST
In this April 15, 2012 file photo, a North Korean vehicle carries a missile.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

(Newser) – With a new generation of intermediate-range rocket being moved around the country on mobile missile launchers, North Korea is increasingly worrying American intelligence agencies, reports the New York Times. US officials don't expect the KN-08 missile to be ready for operational deployment in the immediate future, but the realization that the mobile units have been peppered across the country has them re-evaluating whether the country's missile capabilities are maturing faster than previously believed.

The KN-08—unveiled in April and largely written off as a fake at the time—reportedly has the range to reach Japan and parts of Southeast Asia, and sources say individual parts of the rocket have been tested. The Times notes that the launchers' movements could be part of an intentional bid to grab the US' attention, as North Korea is fully aware that it's being tracked by American spy satellites. While Kim Jong Un has given many signs that he wants to modernize the moribund North Korean economy, he's also been vocal about the need to maintain military strength.

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kawahchan
Jan 20, 2013 12:43 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: As far as we can see that North Korea's Kim Jong-un will survive with his KN-08 missiles as long as the China's Diaoyutai (Senkakus) island and (South) Korea's Dokdo; those terrritorial integrity, sovereighty are still on the negotiation table with Japan. More interesting to watch is Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou and his anti-landing arms force to against Japan, Ma's military-show is worth to watch more than N. Korean Jong-un's KN-08 show-off.
1freeusa
Jan 19, 2013 7:14 PM CST
N K is like a little child that needs attention to survive. We have given them money and humanity aid for naught. China doesnt want them to start any problems. China uses them to drain our resources so they dont have to.
jagerhans
Jan 18, 2013 5:19 PM CST
how long will you keep selling us this bs about NK developing weapons capable of turning the tiny uber crappy place into a nuclear threat. first they just seem able to botch up pathetic attempts, second they know as everyone else in this world that their missile attack would mean being bombed back to kingdom come minutes after the first launch.