North Korea Claims it is Set to Test-launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching the USA

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According to a New Year’s Day broadcast by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, the country is close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). He said research and development was actively progressing and the test launch was in its final stage of preparation. See wahala!

Kim Jong-Un

 

 

You will recall that North Korea tested several ballistic missiles in 2016, although some experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the USA.

ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500km (3,418 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000km or even further. The U.S. state of California is roughly 9,000km from North Korea.

An Intermediate-range Missile

 

 

Last year alone, in the middle of strict UN sanctions, North korea carried out about eight tests of its Intermediate-range Musudan Ballistic Missiles but succeded only once. The intermediate-range missile can travel up to 3,000km, posing a clear threat to neighbours South Korea and Japan, and even the U.S territory of Guam.

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