N Korea reportedly preparing for new missile launch

TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) – US and South Korean intelligence have seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for new missile launches, South Korea’s daily The Dong-A Ilbo reported citing government sources.

The US military believes that the upcoming US-South Korean naval drills may push North Korea toward new actions.

A US satellite took pictures of ballistic missiles mounted on launchers being transported out of a hangar to somewhere near Pyongyang and North Pyongan Province, according to the report.

A source said US military officials believe this could indicate preparation for a launch of a missile comparable to the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). Another scenario could be a launch of the new Hwasong-13 solid engine missile that has a longer range than the Hwasong-14.

"The North may carry out a simultaneous launch of an ICBM and IRBM within a few days, in protest against the US show of military might," another source told the newspaper.

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