Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

North Korea's new ICBM likely broke up upon re-entry, United States official says

North Korea's new ICBM likely broke up upon re-entry, United States official says

The ICBM, launched yesterday from Sain Ni, North Korea, travelled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

South Korea's Unification Ministry said it believes North Korea is unlikely to engage in more missile and rocket tests soon due to a number of reasons, including the onset of winter.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the missile had flown higher than any previous missile fired by the communist state.

The Blue House said President Trump also reiterated his endorsement for South Korea's enhancement of deterrence and defense capabilities by acquiring cutting-edge military assets. The Hwasong-15 was flight tested Tuesday, while the Hwasong-14 was test launched July 4.

Michael Elleman, an analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said it appears that the Hwasong-15 can deliver a 1,000-kilogram (2,200 pound) payload to any point on the US mainland.

Leader Kim Jong Un said the country had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

"The Hwasong-15 is considerably larger than the Hwasong-14, and initial calculations indicate the new missile could deliver a moderately sized nuclear weapon to any city on the United States mainland", he wrote.

It's still not clear how close the missile is to being combat ready.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared his country's assessment with President Donald Trump in a telephone conversation Thursday night.

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer said in a statement that the launch of a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload across thousands of miles - far enough to threaten cities in the continental United States - violates global laws and demands a strong worldwide response.

South Korea's presidential office said there are no plans to put in place a naval blockade that would prevent ships from leaving or entering North Korea.

This can also be seen as a warning to North Korea that any further provocations could lead to an unpredictable situation.

But South Korea said it expected Pyongyang to now pause its provocative missile testing programme, after the success of its new Hwasong-15 missile that can fly far enough to hit the US mainland.

Hwasong-15's 9-axle transport vehicle, which the North also revealed for the first time, was also 2 metres (6.56 feet) longer than the 8-axle truck the North used to carry the Hwasong-14s. The first stage was significantly larger than that on other missiles.

It's possible that the missile has been created to carry simple decoys, or other countermeasures, to confuse the US missile defence system, Elleman wrote.

The test prompted a warning from the United States that North Korea's leadership would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out, a statement that drew sharp criticism from Russian Federation.

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