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You, Too, Can Analyze North Korea's Missile Capabilities--With Physics and Video


Every time North Korea launches a missile, experts pore over photographs and videos to learn more about the country's weapons capabilities. If you know the video scale and the frame rate, you can determine the position-time data for a moving object. North Korea identified the missile as the Hwasong-14, which is believed to have a length of 18 meters (although it could be 16). If you know the camera's angular field of view, you could estimate the missile's altitude.

As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones

Los Angeles Times

The U.S. missile system, known as THAAD, is designed to stop the North from striking southern parts of South Korea with mid-range missiles. A U.N. panel of experts recently investigated North Korean drone flights and concluded that one likely was made in China. What's the point, the lawmaker asked, of spending roughly $35 billion annually on South Korean defense "when our radar can't detect small drones?" South Korea's military scrambles after unidentified object detected in airspace, renewing North Korean concerns South Korea's president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea We went to North Korea.

South Korea opened fire at tense border zone. Turns out incursion was North Korean balloons

Los Angeles Times

The slow-moving, unidentified object flying over South Korea's border on Tuesday afternoon caused so much concern that soldiers issued loudspeaker warnings and ultimately fired more than 90 machine gun rounds in the air. What first seemed like a provocative North Korean military incursion -- perhaps a drone flight over the two countries' highly secured border -- turned out to be much more innocuous, the South Korean military said Wednesday. South Korean military officials, closely allied with American forces, said Wednesday that their troops hadn't overreacted to the potential provocation, which to them was reminiscent of a drone flight 18 months ago by the North that also prompted gunfire. The council Monday issued a strong statement of condemnation, saying more potential sanctions against the North Korean regime might be coming.

North Korea lifts veil on arms program to impress enemies and its own people

The Japan Times

SEOUL/WASHINGTON – Ahead of a rare congress of the ruling party next month, secretive North Korea is revealing details of its weapons development program for the first time, showcasing its push to develop long-range nuclear missiles despite international sanctions. In its latest revelations, North Korean state media reported on Saturday that the country had carried out a successful test of a new ICBM engine. There is an increasing feeling among international arms experts that North Korea's capability may be more advanced than previously thought. The recent ICBM engine test followed the March test of a solid-fuel rocket engine and a simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a missile warhead.