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North Korea reportedly planning to celebrate its founder's birthday on Friday by missile launch

North Korea reportedly planning to celebrate its founder's birthday on Friday by missile launchNorth Korea appears to be preparing a missile launch to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung.

One or two Musudan ballistic missiles were deployed around the eastern port of Wonsan some three weeks ago, according to Yonhap news agency which quoted an unnamed Seoul official.

The move came as U.S. intelligence warned the North's ballistic missile capability is expanding.

The founder's birthday is an annual spectacular for North Korea, which celebrates with huge military parades featuring its most impressive-looking weapons or with missile launches.

"There is an ample possibility that the North would launch them around Kim Il-Sung's birthday," Yonhap quoted the South Korean official as saying.

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The nuclear-armed state has staged several short- and mid-range missile launches but has yet to test the Musudan missile, known to have a range of up to 2,485 miles.

Seoul's defense ministry spokesman also said there was a "possibility" the North would carry out such a missile test around Friday's anniversary.

Source: Fox News
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