|Home page World|
North Korea’s most recent ballistic missile test took place at night in order to demonstrate an ability to strike under cover of darkness, but US intelligence sources knew the launch was going to take place at least 72 hours prior to the event, according to a new report.
The 3 a.m. launch was supposed to show Pyongyang's ability to set up and fire its missiles in darkness and without warning, according to US observers. The presence of an observation stand on the launch pad is one of the indicators used by North Korea watchers to predict launches; for the most recent launch, a mobile stand was used, Business Insider reports.
The late November nighttime launch mirrors the country's July ballistic missile test, which broke with North Korea's general pattern of early morning launches and demonstrated increased flexibility in the country's launch procedures.
This operational capability was once again on display during the November ballistic missile test, but it didn't necessarily surprise US military and intelligence agencies, according to the Diplomat report.
2017.12.07 / 23:52