Fears Kim Jong-un could launch missile today to mark anniversary of father’s death

Fears Kim Jong-un could launch missile today to mark anniversary of father’s death

Experts fear Kim Jong-un will mark the anniversary of his father, Kim Jong-il’s death  today by launching another missile.

Jong-il died on December 17, 2011 and in the past, Pyongyang has marked such commemorations with rocket tests and military drills.

The Sun reported a Washington think tank has warned of “weapons of mass destruction activities” in the rogue state with today seen as a possible date for a new ballistic missile test.

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC has warned a test is likely to take place.

They said there was an “elevated chance of provocations” this month, with a “ballistic missile test expected on December 17th,” The Sun reported.

North Korea to test long range missile - Russia

Donald Trump lashes out at 'short and fat' Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un has been aggressively pushing his country’s nuclear programme with a number of inter-continental ballistic missile tests recently.

On Saturday Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

CNN reported Mattis said off-camera North Korea's November ICBM "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now." 

He added forensic analysis was being undertaken on the recent launches, and it would be a while before they could be sure if the missile was capable of reaching the US. 

Newshub