North Korea May Be Firing Up SLBM Program
A website that monitors military activity within North Korea claims they have spotted a newly-installed barge that could mean Kim’s military is planning to accelerate their SLBM test program.
An SLBM is a ballistic missile, along with a submarine-housed counterpart that is essentially a rocket capable of carrying nuclear bombs at a distance that could reach the United States.
North Korea could essentially strike Los Angeles or Seattle if this report from 38North is correct. This also sparked the impulse for President Trump to consider meeting with Kim for a face-to-face discussion to slow aggressions.
Tensions In Korean Peninsula Boil Over
The Sun reports:
“This latest development comes amid fears of despot Kim carrying out another nuclear test despite increasing pressure from US President Trump and ally China.”
“Tensions on the Korean peninsula have reached boiling point in recent weeks, with President Trump ordering a military strike group, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to the region Last week, North Korea warned it would carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership.”
Second Missile Test Barge Spotted
38 North reports:
“The discovery of a second missile test barge may have a number of implications for the future of North Korea’s SLBM program that appears to be an important priority for Kim Jong Un. A key consideration is the timing of the acquisition of the barges. If both were acquired at the same time, it would imply that Pyongyang had planned a more extensive test program than it has so far conducted.”
“However, since the second barge seems to have been acquired three years after the first, this could mean that North Korea is planning to accelerate its SLBM test program to include a west coast component or develop new SLBM designs, or that it may deploy a ballistic missile submarine with the West Sea Fleet. None of these possibilities are mutually exclusive.”