North Korean launch

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

U.S. in­tel­li­gence, mil­i­tary and diplo­matic of­fi­cials said U.S. spy satel­lites, ships and ground sta­tions are fo­cused in­tently on North Korea’s mis­sile-launch fa­cil­ity and think a long-range Tae­podong-2 mis­sile launch is not im­mi­nent.

The Pen­tagon is set to ac­ti­vate its lim­ited mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem once there are signs the mis­sile is fully fu­eled, per­haps by hold­ing an ex­er­cise that would shift the sys­tem from test mode to fully ac­tive mode, said of­fi­cials who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the in­for­ma­tion.

Mean­while, diplo­mats are work­ing be­hind the scenes to try to per­suade North Korea’s gov­ern­ment not to carry out the launch, which would trig­ger ad­di­tional United Na­tions sanc­tions.

“We hope they don’t launch,” said one of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the is­sue.

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