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