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North Korea may test-fire ICBM in near future

  • March 17, 2021
  • , NHK, TBS, TV Asahi
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NHK, TBS, and TV Asahi reported that Gen. Vanherck, the head of the U.S. Northern Command, said in written testimony to a Senate committee on Tuesday that North Korea “may begin flight testing an improved ICBM design in the near future.” Vanherck reportedly cited North Korea’s disclosure of a new large-scale ICBM last October and the fact that the North has indicated it is no longer bound by the unilateral nuclear and ICBM testing moratorium announced in 2018 as the reasons. NHK said, however, that Vanherck did not clarify whether there are concrete signs of an impending test, adding that he said at a press conference that the U.S. military will remain on high alert. 

 

Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato reportedly told the press this morning: “We always collect and analyze information on North Korea’s moves with grave interest, but I will refrain from commenting on individual items. We will continue to work closely with the U.S., collect and analyze the necessary information, and make an all-out effort to conduct monitoring and surveillance.”

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