Startling new pictures from North Korea raise additional security concerns

It seems Kim Jong Un — and those in his command — are totally incapable of learning their lesson when it comes to the whole ‘not testing missiles’ thing.

The Communist haven was recently blasted with heavy sanctions from the U.N. after repeatedly violating the law regarding their missile tests, but apparently the gravity of the situation isn’t sinking in.

In new photos hitting the media, the country appears to be currently working on another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), more powerful than any they have previously had.

According to Reuters:

With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts said on Thursday.

If developed, such a missile could possibly reach any place on the U.S. mainland, including Washington and New York, they said.

North Korea’s state media published photographs late on Wednesday of leader Kim Jong Un standing next to a diagram of a three-stage rocket it called the Hwasong-13.

Missile experts, who carefully examine such pictures for clues about North Korea’s weapons programs, said there is no indication that the rocket has been fully developed. In any case, it had not been flight tested and it was impossible to calculate its potential range, they said.

However, a three-stage rocket would be more powerful than the two-stage Hwasong-14 ICBM tested on two occasions in July, they said. South Korean and U.S. officials and experts have said the Hwasong-14 possibly had a range of about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) and could strike many parts of the United States, but not the East Coast.

They also appear to be working on an intermediate-range ballistic missile for submarines.

If the missile can reach a distance of 6,800 miles, that would make it possible to hit Washington and New York from any part of North Korea, which is a pretty terrifying thought.

While it’s critical to exhaust all diplomatic options before jumping into any sort of armed conflict with another country, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see the situation with North Korea resolving itself peacefully.

They are likely going to continue pushing the boundaries by not abiding by the law, potentially triggering a war.

Let’s pray peace prevails.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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