North Korea May Test Advanced ICBM ‘in the Near Future’, US General Claims

Asia & Pacific

Last year, during talks between Washington and Pyongyang on denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, Kim Jong-un said North Korea would not implement a ban on nuclear testing until the US offered some concessions. The said talks have been stalled for some time.

The head of US Northern Command, General Glen VanHerck, has claimed that North Korea may soon test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with improved performance characteristics.

The general was apparently referring to Pyongyang pledging a unilateral freeze on its ICBM and nuclear weapons tests three years ago.

He then argued at a Pentagon briefing that North Korea had showcased a new ICBM during a military parade in October 2020, which VanHerck suggested possibly means that Pyongyang currently has three ICBMs that could threaten the US.

He added that he thinks the US has “a good posture for deterrence”, referring to a combination of ground-based interceptors, ballistic missiles, and nuclear weapons the country possesses.

On 10 October 2010, Korean Central Television broadcast footage of what looked like a new, never-before-seen ICBM that was displayed at the parade dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

In a speech at the event, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un emphasised that his country was building up its military capabilities as a deterrent, and that Pyongyang would only strike in…

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