Saturday, July 29, 2017

N. Korean Leader:We Can Hit US with an ICBM; Analysts Agree N.Korea Can Reach US Mainland

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said today (July 29, 2017) that the second flight test of an Intercontinental Balistic Missile (ICBM) demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, according to the Yahoo News website.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed "great satisfaction" after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles)and traveled 998 kilometers (620 miles) before accurately landing in waters off Japan.

The agency added that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a "large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead."

U.S. analysts had estimated that North Korea's first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said yesterday's missile appeared to extend that range significantly.

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