"...North Korea is simply not capable of developing a completely organic, sophisticated, and complex sea- and land-mobile solid fuel missile [like the Polaris-2]...North Korea doesn't have the industry base, the massive foundational engineering and technology research infrastructure for production, assembly and quality control to independently build the ballistic missile that was demonstrated..." - - Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) . . . dated February 16
Yet more as extracted froM a recent Colonel Austin Bay article. Thanks to the Strategy Page Internet web site.
"Spy Novels and Whodunnit: North Korea's Criminal Reality Is Intolerable"
"On February 12, the day before Brother Nam's demise, Dictator Un put on another display. His regime launched a new missile, the Pukgukson-2 (Polaris-2). The technical specifics make this very bad news. Solid fuel propels the missile, which means it can be launched on short notice. A tracked transporter erector-launcher (TEL) fired the missile. This means the new missile is mobile. North Korea has few paved roads; a tracked TEL isn't road bound."
"Moreover, it was cold-launched -- expelled from the TEL before main booster ignition. That indicates a submarine can fire the Polaris-2."
Consider not so much the murder of the half-brother Nam but rather the launch of the missile [intermediate-range evidently]. Allows Kim of Pyongyang a much more formidable capability to deliver nuclear weapons on target than hitherto was either available or expected.
NORTH KOREA DOES NOT POSSESS THE NECESSARY "MASSIVE FOUNDATIONAL ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH" BASE TO DEVELOP SUCH A MISSILE HAVING COLD-LAUNCH CAPABILITY? PERHAPS MMDA IS WRONG!