CBRN Assessment

North Korea 'could fire ICBM from mobile launcher', says report

19 January 2017

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has warned that North Korea "seems to be capable" of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a mobile launcher, according to local media reports.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted an MND spokesperson on 10 January as saying that the North's KN-08 (also known as the Hwasong 13) or KN-14 (Hwasong 14) ICBMs could be fired from a 16-wheeled transporter erector launcher (TEL).

The same newspaper was quoted by Reuters news agency on 18 January as reporting that South Korean intelligence agencies had recently spotted missile parts, believed to be the lower-half of an ICBM, being transported, raising fears that a test-launch may be imminent.

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