North Korea may soon conduct a second test of its two-stage, liquid-fueled Hwasong-14 (KN20) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Diplomat has learned from a U.S. government source with knowledge of North Korea’s weapons programs.
The test is likely to occur from near Panghyon Airport or elsewhere near Kusong, in North Korea’s North Pyongan province. North Korea’s first-ever ICBM flight-test was launched from a launchpad near Panghyon Airport.
U.S. military intelligence has spotted a Hwasong-14 transporter-erector and firing-table transporter in Kusong, the source tells the Diplomat. While road-mobile, the Hwasong-14 ICBM, at least in its testing and development configuration, requires a static firing-table for launch.
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The transporter-erector is likely the same modified WS51200 Chinese-origin logging truck that was seen in released footage of the July 4 test.
The ICBM test launch could take place as soon as Tuesday, ahead of July 27, …