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Why US officials fear North Korea could launch missile today

12 October 2017

North Korea is preparing to launch an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile with an enhanced engine that can make it fly longer, a Russian lawmaker told Kyodo News on Monday.

It adds that the university follows the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency siren system and the agency's instructions for "sheltering-in-place".

The EU Council extended sanctions against North Korea.

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It went on to say state and federal agencies are now providing information about potential nuclear threats and advising what to do should a nuclear attack and resulting radiation emergency occurs. Due to the "recent regional military threats", the countries who are on the radar of potential nuclear or missile attack are planning for a complete response when the need arises.

Trump may visit the border between North and South Korea next month and "send a significant message to North Korea, either verbally or "kinetically", the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported, relying on a "defense source". The threat came closer to reality, however, when Kim Jong Un and his rocket scientists launched a missile over Japan in September.

North Korea also recently threatened to bring "nuclear clouds" to Japan and sink the island "into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche".

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Bloomberg reported Wednesday that a local South Korea daily newspaper, the Asia Business Daily, spoke with sources who said North Korea plans to launch "multiple short-range rockets" October 18.

A photo distributed by the North Korean government shows leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location inspecting a weapon. The agency is working on a state preparedness plan for the possibility of a North Korean nuclear attack. He went on to say that although the email's subject line wasn't as measured as it probably coulda, woulda, shoulda been, "we also wanted to provide the best information that is now out there".

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Why US officials fear North Korea could launch missile today