International experts fear the brutal dictator is trying to develop a nuclear ICBM capable of reaching the US and have pointed to the development of a series of man-made islands which have appeared in the Yellow Sea which are equipped with military facilities.
But data leaking out of Pyongyang now suggests Kim Jong-un will get around the huge technical difficulties of making a missile land on a prescribed target thousands of miles away by perfecting a ‘space burst’.
An orbital burst over the USA would not only knock out millions of electronic items such as phones and computers because of the nuke’s electromagnetic pulse but kill millions from radiation poisoning as the fall out fell to earth.
North Korea launched its first pilot communications satellite, Kwangmyongsong-1, as far bask as August 1998. In February 2016, with the successful entry into orbit of Kwangmyongsong-4, Kim Jong-un boasted the country “entered the practical satellite developing stage.”
And just this week, ironically as US spy satellite pictures circulated, North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador said the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space.