Russian Lawmaker Suggests Another Long-Range Missile Test
The US, along with others in the international community, anticipates of another long-range missile test conducted by North Korea on Oct 10. According to Reuters, Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov stated that there are indications that the North Korea is preparing for another test to be conducted very shortly.
Morozov visited Pyongyang from Oct 2 to 6. In a “high-level” meeting with North Korean government officials, he suggested that he was shown “mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States.”
North Korea is scheduled to celebrate the Party Foundation Day on Oct 10. This holiday celebrates the establishment of “North Korea Bureau of the Communist Party of Korea” in 1945. While rallies and mass galas in Pyongyang are expected, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center showed anticipation for another missile test.
It is true that Kim Jong Un is largely accepted as a irrational dictator. For instance, the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley depicted the supreme leader of North Korea as someone “who has not had rational acts, who is not thinking clearly.” However, other officials view North Korean leadership as having a clear aim.
According to Reuters, Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korean Mission Center stated that “there is a clarity of purpose in what Kim Jong Un is doing,” in accordance with which a missile test can be expected for Oct 10.
Indeed, the country has tested its weapons, including short-range and long-range missiles, on its holidays, over the years. Its first nuclear bomb was tested on Oct 10, the same day when a test is anticipated this week.
On Sunday, North Korea commemorated the former state leader, Kim Jong Il. The national holiday celebrates the former state leader who was appointed as the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea twenty years ago.