NK threats call for 'game-changing' missile defense system: U.S. lawmaker

Saul Bowman
August 24, 2017

Pyongyang has tested two ICBM last month and warned the USA and its allies against provoking its wrath with bombastic statements and propaganda posters about nuclear attacks published on the country's state-controlled press.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines despite reports that his stand-off with Donald Trump was cooling off.

Trump made the comment at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, adding that "maybe, probably not, but maybe something positive can come about".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 23, 2017.

"I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past", he said.

"But Kim Jong-un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us".

The brief clip mocks Trump's fierce message to Kim Jong-Un two weeks ago, when he said North Korea faced "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continued to threaten USA interests. "I respect that fact very much", he said.

The North says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the US.

Numerous elements on show were objectives rather than now existing technology, analysts said, but even so Jeffrey Lewis, of the armscontrolwonk.com website, noted: "It's all bad".

Wound-filament casings are significantly harder to manufacture than metal ones but much lighter, giving a missile longer range and the ability to carry a heavier payload for a given distance.

Other pictures included missile schematics and what appeared to be production processes.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States and its allies soared last month after Pyongyang tested two long-range missiles that appeared to bring USA cities within its range.

"I don't think there's any accident about this, the shot clearly shows Pukguksong-3, this was the North Koreans showing us what we could possibly see soon", he said.

Most Western experts accept that North Korea is close to putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the continental United States, but this has not been independently verified.

Kim Jong-un has threatened to fire missiles at the island of Guam, where the U.S. has its foothold in the Pacific Ocean - a key strategic location.

Pining hope on that mad guy, Song is urging the soldiers of the puppet army to "fight with confidence without any concern as the overwhelming south Korea-U.S. allied forces are fully ready for action".

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