North Korea is generally known as a place that likes to keep secrets, but its propaganda arm may have inadvertently let loose something huge—that the country's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was supposed to land within Japanese territory.
Kim Jong Un's reclusive, militarized state shocked the world by successfully test-firing a second ICBM on Friday, less than a month after it achieved its first launch on July 4. While North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons development has long rattled regional countries, Friday's launch particularly concerned Japan, because the missile appeared to have landed in its exclusive economic zone, an area where the country enjoys special commercial and industrial rights.
A new report by Washington-based Strategic Sentinel LLC appears to show, however, that North Korea planned a much more provocative action for its first ICBM test, and the clues reportedly lie in a photograph of Kim.
"On the July 4th test, something abnormal was found pertaining to the predicted trajectory on the paper map in front of Kim at the viewing area. Close analysis of the map appears to show the splash down point of the missile just off Okushiri Island located west of Hokkaido, Japan," Strategic Sentinel's report read.
"That trajectory could have potentially put the missile inside Japan’s Territorial Waters, the area of sovereign waters 12 nautical miles off any country. This area is directly controlled under the [nation's] laws and includes airspace above and the seabed below."Read More...
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