CBRN Assessment

North Korea ‘may be prepared’ to test-fire more advanced ICBM, says USNORTHCOM commander

17 February 2020

Recent engine tests conducted by North Korea suggest that it “may be prepared” to test launch an “even more capable” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could enhance Pyongyang’s ability to “threaten” the United States during a crisis or conflict, said US Air Force General Terrence J O’Shaughnessy, commander of US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), on 13 February.

The general, who made the remarks before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, was referring to the warning made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on 31 December 2019 that the world would “witness a new strategic weapon” set to be fielded by his country “in the near future”.

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