Friday, 15 December, 2017

North Korea's new ICBM likely broke up upon re-entry, U.S. official says

11_30_NorthKorea_01 North Korea's new ICBM likely broke up upon re-entry, U.S. official says
Garry Little | 03 December, 2017, 01:39

After it tested two ICBMs in July, Mr Moon said Pyongyang would cross a red line by creating a nuclear-tipped ICBM, and this could risk tougher moves from the U.S. including military action.

After North Korea released video footage and photographs of Hwasong-15, USA based experts said it appeared North Korea was indeed capable of delivering a nuclear weapon anywhere in the United States and could only be two or three tests away from being combat ready.

Some expect Pyongyang to finally pause its provocative testing program since it has declared that it's finally achieved a historic cause of completing nuclear weapons while others remain skeptical with Mr. Trump not having ruled out the military option just yet.

The country's state media announced the test on Wednesday, hours after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.

"Kim changed the launch time, direction and distance in order to display he has this great power".

South Korea's Ministry of Defence said the Hwasong-15 missile was a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which can fly over 13,000 km (8,080 miles), placing Washington within target range. The missile technology tested remains unproven and that "the task we face is to completely prevent North Korea from futher advancing its nuclear technologies", Moon was quoted by a spokesperson in Yonhap.

Kim Jong Un is acting in a very calculative, clever manner. "He will probably make a great announcement in his new year's address that the North has completed its weapons programme", he said.

North Korea has said it will detect even the slightest movement by the brigade and launch retaliatory operations.

Yeo said the Hwasong-15 is two metres (six feet) longer than the Hwasong-14, while the second-stage engine requires further analysis.

During their talks, they shared the view that North Korea's repeated provocations pose a grave threat to the Korean Peninsula and global peace and security, it said.

Meanwhile, Seoul's Unification Ministry played down Wednesday's provocation by the North. North Korea generally tests fewer weapons in the fourth quarter because the temperature drops significantly, putting pressure on fuel supplies, and also troops are required to help with harvests. It's also considerably larger than North Korea's previous ICBM, the Hwasong-14, and created to deliver larger warheads, the ministry said.

Analysts believe the launch shows that North Korea was only two or three tests away from being combat-ready.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously imposed a set of sanctions against North Korea on September 11 over the country's hydrogen bomb test which was conducted on September 3.

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