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North Korea is ready for another missile test

North Korea is ready for another missile testNorth Korea has probably built two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and placed them on mobile launchers for test-firing in the near future, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

The two missiles are estimated to not exceed 15 meters in length, making them shorter than the North's existing ICBMs, the 19-20 meter-long KN-08 and the 17-18 meter-long KN-14, the military officials familiar with the matter told Yonhap News Agency.

The officials didn't provide the exact date for when the missiles were picked up by intelligence, although it is estimated that the U.S. detected them on Monday when the U.S. Navy hurriedly moved its sea-based X-band radar system to the western part of the Pacific Ocean from seas off Hawaii.

Experts say the North is likely to fire off a new ballistic missile that flies some 2,500 kilometers and claim that it has succeeded in launching an ICBM. An ICBM usually has a range exceeding 5,500 kilometers.

The North is widely expected to test-fire a missile when the Trump government outlines its policies toward the communist state or around the time of the annual Seoul-Washington joint military drill kickoff in March.

In his annual New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the country had reached the "final stages" of ICBM development. President-elect Trump responded with a tweet two days later, saying the possibility of the North developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S. "won't happen!"

North Korea's foreign ministry said on January 8 that the country can test an ICBM at any place and time if its leadership gives the order.
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