Last week’s high profile launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea raised plenty of eyebrows.
While sabre rattling from the rogue nation is not a new phenomenon, there was something quite different about this one. Experts believe that the missile that was tested could have reached mainland cities in the US if the launch was handled differently.
That’s a game changer if accurate, but there’s some additional concerning information making the rounds as well. CNN passes along the details on that.
The US military has detected “highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an “ejection test” in the days following Pyongyang’s second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday.
An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite. That helps prevent flames and heat from the engine from damaging either the submarine, submersible barge or any nearby equipment used to launch the missile.
The increased activity is alarming, as is this tidbit about where the subs were operating.
US officials also noted that a North Korean Sang-O submarine was operating in the Yellow Sea and the length of its deployment was notable. Two Romeo submarines were detected in the waters off Japan — each one operating in the area for about a week.
Coupled with reports of increased submarine activity, news of another ejection test comes amid concerns over North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears to have the range to hit major US cities on Friday.
Trump responded to these dangerous tactics from North Korea with a threat of his own. From The Independent:
A pair of US supersonic bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula, less than 48-hours after North Korea’s successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
It’s getting to the point that North Korean actions can not simply be dismissed as sabre rattling, and thankfully we have a President that is not going to let this dictator boss around America.
While the hope is that cooler heads will prevail in the long run, it’s not out of the question that things could get awfully ugly in a hurry.
As such, it’s about time for the mainstream press to give this the attention it deserves as opposed to filling each and every news cycle with anti-Trump propaganda.