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North Korea testing 'ingenious' and 'creative' weapons that could threaten US,

experts sayBy David Culver and Yoonjung Seo, CNN

3 hrs ago

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Clicking through a series of photo slides that depict recent North Korean missile tests, South Korean military defense expert Choi Kang reacts in a tone suggesting he's both fearful and impressed.

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"This is really imaginative or creative thinking of using missiles," said Choi, a former director of South Korea's National Security Council and now vice president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, a prominent conservative think tank in Seoul.

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Experts say the latest missile tests by Kim Jong Un's regime show Pyongyang is, for the first time, actively using testing weapons to target weak points in the advanced missile defense system that protects the US, Japan and South Korea.

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Before resuming ballistic missile testing in May, North Korea hadn't test-fired any missiles since November 2017. That pause was a crucial factor in helping create the right conditions for the first meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018.

Trump and Kim have met on two other occasions since then, but little progress appears to have been made between the two sides. Trump has played down the significance of North Korea's recent uptick in missile tests, highlighting the fact that Kim only agreed to stop testing longer-range missiles and nuclear bombs. The launches, however, do violate UN Security Council resolutions and threaten South Korea and Japan.

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"Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me, I think," President Trump told reporters on August 23. "And we're going to see what's going on, see what's happening. He likes testing missiles, but we never restricted short-range missiles, we'll see what happens. Many nations test those missiles."

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However, experts worry that these weapons tests show Pyongyang is much further along in its weapons development than previously thought. The missiles can theoretically be activated at shorter notice and fly faster than their predecessors.

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Some warn these new abilities could be applied to longer-range missiles that can reach the US mainland.

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"It seems to me that North Korea has a very, very strong indigenous missile capability and ... (is able) to deploy all the missiles in a very short period time," Choi said.

Targeting the gap

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North Korea had appeared to put its weapons program on hold for 17 months to allow for negotiations, but the hiatus was broken on May 4 when it tested a new weapons system.

The purpose of the launch, North Korean state media reported, was to "inspect the operating ability and the accuracy of striking duty performance of large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons."

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That alone was enough to prompt concern, but the most telling series of tests came just days apart in July.

Then, North Korea fired a series of short-range missiles at altitudes mostly between 25 kilometers (16 miles) and 50 kilometers (31 miles) at various distances between 220 kilometers (137 miles) and 600 kilometers (373 miles) from multiple launch sites.

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North Korea suggested the US and South Korea had provoked the tests by going ahead with joint military exercises, which mostly consisted of computer simulations. Pyongyang was also angered by Seoul's acquisition of stealth F-35 fighter jets.

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The altitudes of the missile's tested concern Choi and other experts because they indicate that North Korea appears to be targeting a gap in two missile defense systems -- the Patriot missile defense system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

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The THAAD system targets missiles in the altitude range of 50 to 150 kilometers (31 to 93 miles), while the Patriot system covers 30 kilometers (19 miles) and below, according to Choi. South Korea is developing something to cover the gap.

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Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul, said the missiles tested could evade South Korean missile defense systems because at those altitudes they would fly too high for the Patriot batteries to target and too low for THAAD to easily intercept.

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Analysts in South Korea believe that North Korea tested at least three types of new weapons: a large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system, a North Korean equivalent of a Russian Iskander and a "new weapon" tested on August 10 which flew about 400 kilometers.

It's unclear if the recent missiles that North Korea has tested are designed to carry nuclear warheads or other weapons.

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"Nuclear or not ... these are missiles that do threaten our two most important allies and our principal allies in northeast Asia," said retired US Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, a former commander of US Forces Korea. "This has to be something that the United States is drawn into addressing."

Brooks commanded the nearly 650,000 US and South Korean troops that made up ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, from April 2016 until November 2018, one of the most active periods on the Korean Peninsula in recent memory.

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The strained relationship culminated in North Korea testing an intercontinental......

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but they want US to be #2 ...so they wont annihilate US

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Reply #62 posted 09/11/19 7:50am

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US Navy adds powerful new missile in Pacific

By Brad Lendon, CNN

8 hrs ago

On 9/11, luck meant everything

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Somewhere in the Pacific, a stealthy United States Navy warship is carrying new weapons that analysts say could help to tilt the balance of power in contested areas like the South China Sea.

© MC2 Zachary D. Bell/US Navy 140923-N-MB306-007 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) A Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is launched from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The missile scored a direct hit on a mobile ship target. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary D. Bell/Released)

The USS Gabrielle Giffords, a sleek, speedy, low-profile littoral combat ship, left San Diego earlier this month carrying the US Navy's new Naval Strike Missile and a drone helicopter that helps aim it.

The Naval Strike Missile is a sea-skimming cruise missile that is difficult to spot on radar, and can maneuver to avoid enemy defenses, according to Raytheon, the main US contractor for the weapon. It is paired on the Gabrielle Giffords with a MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter drone, which is used to scout for targets.

The weapons will increase the lethality of the US Navy, according to Cmdr. John Fage, a spokesman for the US Navy's 3rd Fleet who confirmed their deployment."The Pentagon is building a military force that can operate on a more sustainable basis and has a better chance of fighting and surviving within the PLA's deadly anti-access, area denial envelope," said Rand Corp. senior defense analyst Timothy Heath, referring to the mix of ships, aircraft and missiles amassed by China's People's Liberation Army to control parts of the Pacific.

Both the US and China blame each other for the rapid militarization of the South China Sea, one of the most contested areas in the world. Multiple countries claim parts of the commerce-heavy region, but Beijing's claim is by far the most expansive, covering the majority of the sea.

Since 2015, the Chinese government have attempted to back up their position through the militarization of reclaimed shoals and sandbars across the South China Sea, and said that repeated US Navy exercises in the region show it is necessary for China to be able to defend its interests.

"In the face of heavily armed ships and military aircraft, how can we not build defense facilities?" said Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangi-la Dialogue in June.

About the Naval Strike Missile

The Gabrielle Giffords is the first LCS to deploy with Naval Strike Missiles, but most of the ships in the growing LCS fleet, which will eventually number more than 30, are planned to be armed with them, Navy officials told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee earlier this year.

Littoral combat ships come in two variants, the tri-hulled Independence class of which the Giffords is a part, and the single-hull Freedom class. Both variants, with drafts of 15 feet or less, are designed for operations in littoral areas or the shallower waters around coastlines and islands.

The Naval Strike Missile has had a relatively short time from testing to deployment by the US military. Developed by Norway's Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace for the Norwegian military, it was successfully tested off the littoral combat ship USS Coronado in 2014. Defense giant Raytheon became the US contractor for the missiles in 2018.

Key to the Naval Strike Missile is its range of more than 100 miles, more than 30% farther than the Harpoon missiles the US Navy has been using in this anti-ship capacity.

The ability to work with the helicopter drone enables the ship to target outside what its own surface radars can see.

The Fire Scout drone gives the warship "eyes over the horizon," said analyst Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain. "The targeting capability is as important as the missile system. You can only hit what you can find."

And having it on the smaller littoral combat ships takes a burden off bigger destroyers and cruisers, which are designed more for open water combat and which have been stretched thin by current demands, said Heath.

"I expect more LCS type ships to operate in the South China Sea, freeing up the large combatants that currently undertake most of the patrols in that region," Heath said.

While the US Navy has not officially said where the Gabrielle Giffords is heading, there is speculation it will be Singapore, where Giffords' sister ship, the USS Montgomery, deployed this summer, albeit without Naval Strike Missiles.

"USS Gabrielle Giffords' mission will be to conduct maritime security operations, perform theater security cooperation, provide crisis response capability, and maintain a forward naval presence, wherever and whenever called upon. However, we don't discuss specifics as a matter of operational security," Fage said.

US Navy leaders have said multiple times this year they plan to have two of the littoral combat ships operating out of Singapore in this calendar year. And more could come as the fleet is built out.

Sending a message

The weapons' deployment sends an important message and can eventually "change the game" in Western Pacific waters, where China now enjoys a 3-to-1 advantage in cruise missiles over the US, said Schuster.

"This is a first step towards redressing that imbalance with more to follow in the years ahead," Schuster said.

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China is a rival power, they just want to be taken seriously.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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