North Korea moves two more missile launchers—report

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SEOUL — North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said Sunday.

Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea’s late founding leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15 but it did not materialize.

The North Korean military last week moved two launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to the northeast province of South Hamgyong, Yonhap news agency said, citing a senior Seoul official.

“We have discovered the North has moved two additional TELs (transporter erector launchers) to the east coast… after April 16,” the official was quoted as saying, adding Seoul and Washington were closely monitoring the site.

A spokesman for Seoul’s defense ministry was not immediately available to confirm the report.

Previously, the North was reported to have moved seven missile launchers to its coast facing the East Sea (Sea of Japan) in apparent preparations for a test that would further escalate tensions.

Angered by fresh UN sanctions triggered by its third nuclear test in February and joint South Korea-US military exercises, the North has for weeks been issuing threats of missile strikes and nuclear war.

But despite the passing of the Kim Il-Sung anniversary, a Seoul defense ministry spokesman said Thursday that the possibility of a test involving shorter-range Scud, mid-range Musudan, or long-range Rodong missiles remained.

April 25 could be another possible date for a missile launch, the report said, quoting military officials in Seoul. That is the founding anniversary of the North’s military.

The Musudan — seen as most likely to be tested — has an estimated range of 2,500 to 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles), enough to reach South Korea and Japan and potentially US military bases on the Pacific island of Guam.

US President Barack Obama has expressed doubt over the North’s capabilities, saying last week he did not believe Pyongyang could yet arm a missile with a nuclear warhead.

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  • wazgoingon

    Shoot these down immediately. This should send a strong message to them that the world will no longer take matters sitting down.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    lets get ready to rumble…….

  • dxdaistar

    shoot the missiles as soon as it leaves the launchers, followed by a barrage of a lot more missiles hitting all their military sites! unless the US wants Guam sacrifices to be hit first before a justified retaliation. North Koreano – try now!

  • ranjoranido

    bakit ayaw pa nila umpisahan na i launch yang mga missles na yan. puro porma, ng mgakaalaman na. todo na nila.

  • white scorpion

    z z z Z Z Z Z !!!!!

  • pepito gwaps

    It’s a really a big threat for the US and that they should not lower down their guards…Recently two individuals at Boston have just created havoc and challenged American capability to counter terrorism and that is not a good sign. North Korean might do the same with her million soldiers terrorizing them.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      they would have a long swim carrying their weapons

      • pepito gwaps

        that’s ancient …its not attuned to their capability to send rocket in the outer space

    • Alajero

      …they are a little bit in the ugly side…and we will see and smell them from miles away…no worries on that…

  • mang_tomas

    Blurred momentarily by a series of uneventful misfortunes in mainland U.S.A, North Korea is at it again brandishing her might and steering world attention once more as if testing waters for another episode of an international drama.

    Moving her missile Transporter Erector Launchers (TEL) to the east coast shows nothing but reckless exposure of amateurism.

  • $18209031

    A week after from distraction s at Boston, and here we go again.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Nothing doing. As I have posted before “tigas ihi” lang yang “erectors” nila. Tatayo at hihiga ulit in a few minutes just like before, desperately craving for world attention.

    • joboni96

      nokors just defending their country
      against massive u.s. imperialist forces around them

      unlike collaborators del rosario and gazmin

      kumatok lang intsik SWITIK sa asean sea
      binuka agad at pinapasok ang recolonizing u.s. imperialist forces

      instead of standing up a
      STRONG PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE

  • siegfeil

    walang katpusan ang pangugulo ni satanas!!!!!

  • igmat

    The funny thing is no one else in north korea knew about these developments except probably the military and we wonder how on earth people agree to all these. definitely not many are willing to die a senseless death. So why does the government get away with these? No one read the papers, nobody listens to the radio or sees in TV simply because ordinary people don’t have the luxury of owning any of those… they are kept in the dark

  • jgl414567

    North Korea, it’s young fat tyrant (while its people are starving) and its communist master (China) should be taught a lesson. They should be ostracized by the international community, all their products should be boycotted!

  • guest

    I think North Korea is playing a game of chicken. They think the US, South Korea and Japan will not attack them first unless the missile is already in the air. So they are consolidating their position slowly until they get their desired goal.

  • JunPyo123

    Unless something really happens, NoKor news are getting boring day by day. Kim Jong Un is having too much Red Alert and fats.

  • Alajero

    …US is itching to teach the young Kim a lesson…hope he fires the missile…and give US and South K the morale ground of taking care of business this early on…this time…he is not getting food nor milk from…crying loud…let him make this mistake for once…maybe it’s time to make the north koreans responsible for their cowardice faith in a sick and demented leader…people should make their choice wisely…and there is consequence for these choices…

  • Albert Einstien

    buti pa ang NK me erectors …sa RP…puro FAKE pati picture , accomplshment, at honor kuno hindi naman……sa sobrang propaganda ng govt ni pnoy…dapat sabihin nya sa china at malaysia me ..ERECTORs din cya..anytime pa PICTURAN nya sa TIME….lol

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