North Korea has not gone dark, it’s gone even more nuclear

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While North Korea has been waiting for Trump’s next move, it has been churning out fissile material for bombs and developing new missile technology

A series of shorter-range missile launches in recent months have improved North Korea’s ability to make solid-fuel ballistic missilesNorth Korean Leader Kim Jong-un is cheered by his soldiers. Picture: REUTERS

A series of shorter-range missile launches in recent months have improved North Korea’s ability to make solid-fuel ballistic missiles that are easier to move, hide and fire than many of its liquid-fuel versions. This makes it more likely he’s on course towards developing an ICBM that uses solid-propellant technology, potentially giving the US less warning of an imminent strike anywhere from California to New York.

Solid-propellant ballistic missiles — especially the shorter-range versions — can be hidden in warehouses, rolled out on a mobile launcher and fired quickly Solid-propellant ballistic missiles — especially the shorter-range versions — can be hidden in warehouses, rolled out on a mobile launcher and fired quickly. Liquid-propelled missiles, on the other hand, can be easier to spot by spy satellites monitoring vehicles that carry fuel and oxidiser needed for a launch.

 

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