North Korea's latest launch tried to simulate a sneak attack, but the US reportedly saw it coming

Business Insider | 12/7/2017 | Alex Lockie
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North Korea's latest launch was at night — which many consider to have been a demonstration that it could launch a surprise attack.

But US intelligence sources reportedly said they knew three days in advance and watched the missile preparation.

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Knowing in advance gives the US time to evaluate the proper response.

North Korea launched its latest ICBM in the dead of night, which many analysts have interpreted as an attempt to show the US that they could launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US.

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But the US had been aware of the preparations for launch three days in advance, and observed the missile being erected and prepared for hours, US intelligence sources told The Diplomat's Ankit Panda.

Each time North Korea launches a missile, it releases pictures that usually feature Kim Jong Un in an observation stand. Spotting this stand reliably...
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