ABC NEWS: North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, but the weapon is incapable of reaching the United States, South Korea’s defense minister said today.
Kim Kwan-Jin denied earlier reports by Japanese media that it could be a KN-08, believed to be a long-range missile that could potentially hit the U.S. mainland. That missile was showcased at a parade last year in Pyongyang but it is unclear whether officials actually have the capacity to launch it.
Kim told parliamentary lawmakers in Seoul that the reasons for the latest movement are unclear but “could be for testing or drills.”
Experts believe it could be a medium-range missile called Musudan, known to carry a range of 1,800 miles.
Some experts in Seoul say North Korea might be considering a test-launch April 15, the birth date of the country’s founder and leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.