>> Donald Trump's first major international test as president could come from the most unpredictable nation on Earth. US officials say they're seeing signs that North Korea is prepping an upgraded inter-continental ballistic missile for launch and it could come as early as inauguration day. According to intelligence sources, an upcoming launch from Pyongyang probably wouldn't be decide to test new missile technology, but rather to bait Trump and see how his new administration reacts.
Reuters' James Pearson says, either way anticipating Pyongyang's next move is always a stab in the dark.>> There's always a tendency to look at things coming out of North Korea from the outside, and trying to make sense in the context of big world events. But there is also North Korea domestic considerations.
We don't really have any insight into the decision making process in Pyongyang. We don't know if they're going to do something at the time with the inauguration or not. If they do It's very like you're gonna send a very strong message and it will bring in the new American administration but we don't really know if that's his strategy at this stage.
>> Suspicions of an imminent missile test have been heightened by South Korean intelligence saying they've seen what looks like the lower half of a ballistic missile being moved by road. And that a weapon that can be transported like that would make thwarting an attack much more difficult.>> With these new missile parts that have been spotted by South Korean intelligence, we just don't really know much about them.
I asked some analysts what they thought and they said they didn't recognize what it could be based on the description.>> Adding fuel to speculation, separate reports say North Korea's nuclear facility has restarted. A potential source of weapons-grade plutonium for a warhead.