North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered another missile test despite warnings from President Trump on Sunday.
Kimg Jong-un ordered the missile launch from near the port city of Sinpo, which exploded 5 seconds after take-off. Following the news of the failed launch, many began to speculate that the missile was taken down by a U.S. cyber attack.
North Korea is forced to import many of the high-tech electronics used in its missiles, giving U.S. agents the opportunity to infiltrate the supply chain and plant an undetectable malware virus. Once the U.S. detected the launch, a signal could have been sent to the infected electronic hardware via satellite from the National Security Agency.
Defense analyst Paul Beaver believes a scenario like that isn’t that far-fetched.
“It is perfectly feasible the U.S. brought down this missile. As soon as military satellites watching Sinpo detected an imminent launch, a team at the National Security Agency would have got to work. It’s possible for them to have sent a signal directly to the missile from Maryland which effectively zapped it out of the sky.”
Former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind also thinks that the missile could have been taken down through U.S. interference.
“There is a very strong belief that the US through cyber methods has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these tests and making them fail. If the Americans are able to do that, that’s very encouraging,” he said.
Donald Trump was also surprisingly silent after the missile exploded, which is uncharacteristic for the president.
Yesterday’s failed launch came a day after North Korea held a large military parade, where they showed off missiles and military hardware accompanied by thousands of troops. The failed launch could be deadly for many of Kim’s aides.
Kim Jong-un has a history of punishing officials after humiliating failure, executing them with anti-aircraft guns, flamethrowers, and mortars.
[Via The Sun]